Can a relapse of TB be permanently cured?
Q: I am 24 years old. I had TB 3 years back, now one year back it recurred and I am taking treatment for it. I took 60 injections of Streptomycin 3 months. I took PZA 1000 for 3 months and rcincex 600 and themibutol 1000 for the past 9 months and also taking now daily. Will this permanently cure me? How many more months do I have to take these medicines. The doctor has advised me to continue with the medicines for a whole year. I am married so is there any vaccine that needs to be given to my wife? The doctor said that since I have taken medicines for more than 8 months so it is non-infectious. What are the precautions to be taken and any diet suggestions?
A:If the relapse of TB was in the lungs and sputum for AFB was positive then you do need a total duration of treatment of upto 18 months. It also depends on bacteriological conversion and radiological response. If your sputum was positive for AFB then there was a risk to your wife at that time. She should have her checkup and X-ray done. BCG - vaccine is not given at her age as prevention. You should take high protein nutritious diet with high vitamin content. If you are lean and thin then even high fat diet will improve your resistance.