Do You Know the Symptoms of Tuberculosis?

Tuberculosis was once a disease that was nearly always fatal. This was mostly because doctors did not know how to treat it properly, and because it was occurring at near-epidemic levels.

Homecare Greece NY - Do You Know the Symptoms of Tuberculosis?

Homecare Greece NY – Do You Know the Symptoms of Tuberculosis?

Today, though, there is a cure for tuberculosis that involves taking antibiotics for six to nine months. This might sound like a long time, but compared to the way things were in the early twentieth century, this is fantastic news!

Tuberculosis is contagious, and is spread solely through breathing in TB germs from for a long period of time. One has to breathe in these germs for much longer than just one day, so it is common for the illness to spread within families or between coworkers, because they have prolonged exposure to the germs and the breath of the person carrying them every single day.

A compromised immune system also puts one at a higher risk for contracting tuberculosis, meaning that the elderly (especially those with other chronic illnesses) make great targets for this lung infection.

If you suspect that your aging loved one might have TB, you and your elder homecare aide should keep a look out for the following symptoms.

Cough – A cough is a tell-tale sign of tuberculosis. A cough that lasts for longer than three weeks with no signs of going away should be checked by a doctor regardless of whether you think it is tuberculosis or not.

Coughing up blood – To add even more severity to a chronic cough, coughing up blood is a sign that something is seriously wrong. Again, no matter whether you think it is caused by tuberculosis or not, coughing up blood is serious, and you should take your loved one to a doctor as soon as possible.

Fatigue – Feeling over-tired is usually a symptom that your immune system is trying to fight off an illness or infection. If your aging loved one feels fatigued all the time, tuberculosis could be the culprit.

Loss of appetite and weight – If you are ill, you will not want to eat. If your lungs are infected and it is difficult to breathe properly, you really won’t feel like eating. Loss of appetite can be a signal that something is wrong inside the body and the lungs, and loss of weight either on its own or in addition to loss of appetite can be a sign that your loved one needs to see a doctor.

Fever – Fevers are caused by the immune system trying to fight off an infection. If your loved one is coughing, fatigued, and has a fever to boot, they might need medical help fighting off the infection, which in this case could be tuberculosis.

Chills and night sweats – Both chills and night sweats are common symptoms of tuberculosis. The body is out of whack due to the infection raging inside it, and the body’s temperature regulation gets off track as it tries to fight it off.

If you or your loved one’s elder homecare aide notice any of these symptoms, you should take your loved one to see a doctor right away. Tuberculosis takes a while to cure, so the sooner you start, the better!


If you or an aging loved one are considering Homecare Services in Greece NY, contact the caring staff at Caring Hearts of Rochester today! Serving Rochester, Pittsford, Greece, Webster, Canandaigua, Fairport, Perinton, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and ansurrounding communities. Call 585-245-0134.

About Kevin Watkins

Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.

Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

As the co-founders and hands-on managers of Caring Hearts of Rochester, we thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our passion. We are responsible for the services we offer, for the people we hire, for the training they receive, for the quality and reliability of the services our team delivers to you and your loved ones. Give us a call so that we may learn more about you and your needs at (585) 861-CARE(2273)