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How do I manage my tuberculosis on a daily basis?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Tuberculosis (TB) can usually be cured, but it takes at least six months of treatment. Usually, you must take antibiotics every day or two or three times a week. If you have a latent TB infection, you won't feel sick and you aren't contagious, so you will be able to go about your normal life. However, if you have active TB disease and are coughing, you should stay in isolation until you are no longer contagious - usually for about the first two weeks of treatment. Tuberculosis treatment takes a long time, so you may begin to feel angry or frustrated. Keeping in touch with friends and family and enjoying your usual activities can help. A therapist or psychologist can also help you find good ways to cope with these emotions.

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