Anyone can get tuberculosis, commonly referred to by most people as TB. The bacterium that causes the disease, called Mycobacterium tuberculosis, spreads only through air we breathe. This means that if you're particularly careful not to share drinks, food, bed sheets and even toothbrushes with other people you are not protecting yourself from TB as it isn't transmitted through any of these means. Even kissing someone with TB will not necessarily infect you with it. TB spreads only when an infected person coughs without covering his or her mouth well enough and another person breathes in that contaminated air. And Mycobacterium tuberculosis can stay active in the air for 2-3 hours, especially if in confined spaces like subway cars. Thus anyone who is currently residing in New York City can potentially breathe in the horrible sickness.
Once you inhale the bacteria it generally attacks the lungs, although other parts of your body such as the spine, brain and kidney are at risk. Untreated, TB disease can significantly impair your life and ultimately if left untreated it can lead to death, so it's important to seek TB testing for treatment options if you feel you have it.
If you're unsure whether you have it or not, here are some symptoms of TB:
-A bad cough lasting over three weeks
-Coughing up blood
-Fever and chills
-Weight loss due in part to loss of appetite
-Constantly feeling weak and tired
If you have a cough that has lasted longer than three weeks you should go to the doctor regardless of these other symptoms for some helpful antibiotics. But if you do have some of these other symptoms it is absolutely imperative you go to a walk in clinic doctor soon and get tested for TB. The healing process involves about six months' worth of several medications, an attack strategy justified by the seriousness of a disease that used to be the leading cause of death in the United States.
Yet it still continues to harm Americans and people worldwide. According to the Center for Disease Control in 2010 almost 9 million people were infected with TB, with nearly 1.4 million of them dying. The United States reportedly had 11,182 cases of TB last year. TB is also the number one killer of people with HIV. If you feel you may have TB, don't panic. Your doctor can heal you. You just need to come in first.
If you seek a center for tuberculosis testing nyc, visit the walk in clinic for a thorough and safe investigation. You’ll meet with a Board Certified Doctor NYC instead of a nurse practitioner, as is the case at most walk in centers, so you can feel rest assured you’ll be in experienced and knowledgeable hands. Best of all the center takes almost everyone’s insurance and offers reasonable pricing for those without it. Call their office at (212) 696-5900 to make an appointment or visit their website at walk in clinic. If you don’t want to make an appointment, simply walk in, it’s in the name.