Symptoms

The most common TB symptoms are:TB symptoms illustration

  • a cough, for three weeks or longer
  • extreme tiredness
  • fever
  • night sweats
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss

TB symptoms can be vague. They are often similar to symptoms of other illnesses, such as the flu. Symptoms can also depend on which part of the body is affected. For example, a cough is a common symptom of TB in the lungs, while someone with TB in the kidneys may have backache.

If you have ongoing, unexplained symptoms – particularly three or more of the symptoms above – please visit a doctor. Tell them you are worried about TB.

You can view our ‘Teeby’ symptoms animation, which provides a visual guide to the most common symptoms of TB, on our sister site: www.thetruthabouttb.org

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