In addition to the main symptoms of phlegm cough that lasts more than 21 days, tuberculosis also has other symptoms. Among them:
- Coughing out blood.
- A chest that hurts when breathing or coughing.
- No appetite.
- Weight loss.
- Fever and chills
- Excessive sweating at night.
Not all TB bacteria that enter the body directly cause active infection or active tuberculosis. There are cases where TB bacteria hide without causing any symptoms until one day they become active and symptoms appear. This condition is known as latent tuberculosis. Apart from not experiencing symptoms, people with latent tuberculosis are also not contagious.
Whereas TB which directly triggers symptoms because the bacteria that causes it cannot be killed by the immune system is known as active tuberculosis. It is very important that active tuberculosis be treated because if left unchecked, TB bacteria can spread and attack other organs such as the brain, kidneys and liver.