Can tuberculosis (TB) be cured?

Tuberculosis (TB) can be cured. Since the disease has been around for a long time, there are many drugs that can be used to treat and cure TB.

Antibiotics cure tuberculosis (TB) in 95 percent of cases. Usually, you must take antibiotics for several months; if you stop early, a few TB bacteria may survive and make you sick again. Doctors usually prescribe isoniazid, pyrazinamide, ethambutol (Myambutol), rifampin (Rifadin), or a combination of these medications, just in case the particular strain of TB is resistant to one or two of them. However, certain strains of very drug-resistant TB cannot be cured. In these rare cases, the disease can be fatal.

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Tuberculosis (TB)

Tuberculosis (TB)

Tuberculosis is a highly contagious bacterial infection of the lungs that can be spread through the air when a person speaks, coughs or sneezes. Also known as TB, symptoms of tuberculosis include fever, fatigue, chest pain and a s...

evere, chronic cough. There are different types of TB, including active tuberculosis, and meningeal and milary TB, and doctors can screen for each of these types using the tuberculin skin test or the Mantoux test. Treatment of tuberculosis usually involves several types of antibiotics, and in rare cases, surgery.

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