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Tuberculosis therapy

Consumption or tuberculosis (TBC) is a contagious disease caused by the Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria, most frequently affecting the lungs, which may also affect the central nervous system resulting in meningitis, or the lymphatic and the circulatory system as well.

Tuberculosis was one of the leading causes of death along history. In 1901, TBC accounted for a fourth of all death cases in Hungary, considered to be a Hungarian disease (morbus hungaricus), spread by the commonly unhealthy lifestyle resulting from the misery and poverty of the masses.

Tuberculosis constitutes a world-wide problem, about one third of the human population is infected over the lifespan. War, malnutrition, homelessness, lack of healthcare are the major causes of increasing rates of TBC. Transmitted through aerosol droplets, everyone may be infected, who hasn’t acquired sufficient protection by immunization or recovery, or has lost it due to an illness (AIDS!).

Hungary was considered especially endangered. Triumph over the disease also known as “morbus hungaricus” at the beginning of the 20th century was considered the biggest success of the Hungarian public health system, but has proven only temporary. The number of cases in the country is growing every year.

The temporary significant decrease was the result of thorough screening on one hand. Every citizen was yearly referred to lung screening. Nowadays, screening is only compulsory and free of charge in geographical areas at particularly high infection risk.

Additionally, BCG immunization of newborn is obligatory, which leads to the development of protection against tuberculosis. Immunity is examined in 6th grade and high-school by a so called tuberculin-test, re-vaccinating the students with a negative result, meaning no reaction to the test.

Tuberculosis treatment

always requiring an institutional background, typically successful with the combined administration of several pills..

Ethambutol can’t be combined with a number of other medications, therefore you’ll necessarily need to inform your doctor about medication taken, including those prescription free. Due to the sight blurring effect of the active agent, restrictions on vehicle driving and working in hazardous fields require individual consideration!

Pyrazinamide is usually not administered per se, but only in combination with other ant-tuberculosis agents.