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Can you have TB and not know it?
Last Updated: 16th May, 2020
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Correspondingly, can you have TB without symptoms?
A person who's experiencing spinal (or bone)tuberculosis may not even know for a while after theinfection starts. Most individuals don't experience symptomsuntil the TB is advanced. Knowing the differentsymptoms and types of TB is incredibly important,because if left untreated, TB can be deadly.
Similarly, can TB lay dormant for years? Many of those who suffer TB do so in the firstfew years following infection. However, the bacillus maylie dormant in the body for decades. Although most initialinfections have no symptoms and people overcome them, they maydevelop fever, dry cough, and abnormalities that may be seen on achest X-ray.
Considering this, what is the first sign of tuberculosis?
The symptoms of TB include a low-grade fever,night sweats, weakness or tiredness, and weight loss. If TBis in the lungs, the person may also cough, have chest pain,shortness of breath or might be coughing up blood.
Do you have TB forever?
Latent TB: You have the germs in yourbody, but your immune system stops them from spreading. That meansyou don't have any symptoms and you'renot contagious. But the infection is still alive in your body andcan one day become active.