Tuberculosis Patient Treated in Denver
Treatment May Take Months; Patient Asks Forgiveness From His Fellow Fliers
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Typical Tuberculosis Treatment continued...
The most common cause of tuberculosis treatment failure is people's failure
to take the medication as prescribed. This may lead to the development of
drug-resistant organisms. Patients must take their medications as directed,
even if they’re feeling better.
If doctors doubt that a patient is taking the medicine properly, they may
have the patient come to the office for doses - called directly observed
Due to the fact that tuberculosis can be highly contagious, particularly if
the patient has symptoms, such as a cough and fever, doctors or public health
officials usually contact or trace the patient’s relatives and friends.
Relatives and friends may need to undergo appropriate skin tests and chest
X-rays to determine if they have been exposed to TB.
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