Please note that tuberculosis and pneumonia symptoms vary from person to person.
Some people only have mild pneumonia symptoms, while those with weakened immunity might develop a severe infection.
Interestingly, people with latent TB do not exhibit symptoms until the infection turns active.
The Next Steps
Whether what you have is tuberculosis vs pneumonia doesn’t change the fact that you need to consult a doctor. This is because only they can correctly diagnose your condition and prescribe you the appropriate medicines. Remember: pneumonia and TB require different pharmacological treatment.
In the doctor’s office, expect to answer questions regarding your health history, like how long have you been coughing? and did you come in close contact with someone who has pneumonia or TB?
The doctor will also most likely order tests like x-ray, blood tests, and sputum exams to confirm what your condition is.
After the consultation with the physician, the following tips will be helpful:
Stop the spread of infection
Most cases of pneumonia and active TB infections are contagious, so it’s a good idea to practice measures that stop the spread of infection.
If possible, stay at home until you recover or until the doctor informs you that you’re no longer contagious; this is especially true for tuberculosis since you’re likely contagious until you complete the first two weeks of your treatment. When around people, be sure to wear a mask.
Of course, don’t forget basic infection control practices like frequent handwashing, disinfection, and no sharing of utensils.