What precautions should a TB patient and his family take?
Q: I am 23 years old suffering from tuberculosis. What precautions do my family and I need to take, such that the infection is not spread? What is the cure for it?
A:TB usually affects the lungs and it is important to observe respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette.
- Patients and family members should be encouraged to cover their nose/mouth when coughing, sneezing or spitting and wash their hands with soap and water thereafter.
- Use tissues to contain respiratory secretions and dispose them in the nearest waste bin.
- Patients with signs and symptoms of a respiratory infection should be discouraged from visiting others.