Answered by: Dr Sri Viknarajan
Hi, I would like to ask about should a tuberculosis patient quarantine herself when she is already taken medicines for a few weeks. Will eating together, sharing same items like spoons/sharing same bathroom will spread the bacteria? What are the other ways tuberculosis spread? What fruits are not supposed to be taken by a tuberculosis patient? Thanks very much~
Hi and thank you for contacting us,
We understand your concern regarding tuberculosis patient, the precautionary measures, bacterial transmissibility and recommended suitable diet. We will try to help you.
According to an expert, it will take about 2 - 3 weeks of ongoing medication before a tuberculosis patient is considered no longer contagious. Meanwhile, it is best that the patient not get too close to their loved ones in order to avoid spreading the bacteria. Studies have also shown that although it is essential for tuberculosis patient maintains a healthy diet, there is no specific recommendation on which types of food is best to take on a daily basis.
However, failure to follow the medication regimens as advised can hamper the overall success of the therapy. Thus it is best to always remember or help the patient to remember to take their medications.
You are also encouraged to talk to our doctor online so that we can help you further.
We hope you will be satisfied with our answer.