How to Prevent Tuberculosis and its Spread
This article highlights some basic tips and ideas on how to prevent tuberculosis, or TB, and its spread.
As also indicated in the other related tuberculosis articles, tuberculosis is a contagious disease caused by mycobacterium tuberculosis and these bacteria are transmitted through air.
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A note about How to Prevent Tuberculosis and its Spread
In natural health and healing, we believe in holistic health and healing, as we realize that different parts of the human body are highly interlinked, often beyond Man's understanding. We also believe that the body has the ability to heal itself of any disease, even supposedly incurable diseases.
In order to do so, the body needs the support of some basic dietary and lifestyle good health habits, such as a full body detox and a proper understanding and application of nutrition. No matter how remote or unrelated a health condition may seem, these fundamental health steps will greatly magnify the effects and benefits of any of our health-promoting efforts, including the use of specific natural health remedies.
These disease-causing bacteria are discharged into the atmosphere or air in the form of minute droplets when patients infected with tuberculosis cough, speak, or sneeze. These droplets have a tendency to evaporate quickly but the bacteria continue to be airborne for a very long time.
People exposed to this air run the risk of getting infected by the disease. Having said the above, one must note that tuberculosis bacteria die when exposed to sunlight and ultraviolet light.
Before going into detail on how to prevent tuberculosis, let us discuss the two main forms of tuberculosis - latent tuberculosis and active tuberculosis.
Latent tuberculosis is not contagious mainly because it has not yet turned into full blown infection. However, if a persons immunity is weak, latent tuberculosis could turn into active tuberculosis, which is highly contagious. This is common among patients suffering from AIDS mainly because of their immune system is not strong enough to fight infections and their resistance is very low.
Conventional Medicines take on How to Prevent Tuberculosis
For people who test positive for tuberculosis, but are not showing any specific signs and symptoms of active TB, conventional medicine advises the use of certain medications to prevent getting infected by active tuberculosis. The treatment given in such cases is referred to as preventive treatment or therapy.
Preventive treatment involves taking medication like isoniazid or INH. This drug has the ability to destroy the disease-causing bacteria that are lying dormant in people with latent tuberculosis. The duration of preventive therapy is for a period of six months and in high-risk patients which primarily include HIV/AIDS patients this treatment should be continued for a longer duration.
Do note that, in natural health and healing, the use of chemical drugs is not advocated there are always safe and natural solutions which are just as effective, if not more effective.
Active tuberculosis is the stage during which tuberculosis is highly contagious and patients with active tuberculosis can spread the disease to other people who are in his or her vicinity. It is therefore important to isolate patients suffering from active tuberculosis once they have been diagnosed with the disease.
In children, especially below the age of 1, the Bacillus Camille Guerin (BCG) vaccine has been used for preventing certain types of tuberculosis. In adults, however, no vaccine is found to completely effective. Hence, extra caution needs to be exercised while treating patients with tuberculosis.
Also, an important point to note is that the use of vaccines has been linked to many conditions in children, including autism. And, as mentioned earlier, natural health and healing does not advocate the use of chemical drugs. What is of foremost importance, is to keep the body and its immune system clean, healthy and strong.
Some Tips on How to Prevent Tuberculosis
Here are some effective ways of how to prevent tuberculosis and preventing the spread of the disease.
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