What is Tuberculosis?

Tuberculosis (TB) is a potentially serious infectious disease that mainly affects your lungs. The bacteria that cause tuberculosis are spread from one person to another through tiny droplets released into the air via coughs and sneezes.

Although your body can harbor the  bacteria that cause tuberculosis, your immune system usually can prevent you from becoming sick. For this reason, doctors make a distinction between:

  • Latent TB – In this condition, you have a TB infection, but the bacteria remain in your body in an inactive state and cause no symptoms. Latent TB, also called inactive TB or TB infection, isn’t contagious. It can turn into active Tb, so treatment is important for the person with latent TB and to help control the spread of TB. An estimated 2 billion people have latent TB.
  • Active TB – This condition makes you sick and can spread to others. It can occur in the first few weeks after infection with the TB bacteria, or it might occur  years later.

Signs and symptoms of active TB include:

  • Coughing that lasts three or more weeks
  • Coughing up blood
  • Chest pain, or pain with breathing or coughing
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Night sweats
  • Chills
  • Loss of appetite

Tuberculosis can also affect other parts of your body, including your kidneys, spine or brain. When TB occurs outside your lungs, signs and symptoms vary according to the organs involved. For example, tuberculosis of the spine may give you back pain, and tuberculosis in your kidneys might cause blood in your urine.

India has over one lakh cases of drug-resistant TB– a majority of which remain undiagnosed and untreated. The costs of treating drug resistance TB stands somewhere between Rs 2-5 lakhs, pushing families into debt and poverty.

This is where crowdfunding India comes to the rescue. In the era of social media and digital payments, it provides a utilitarian platform for a quick and convenient way to transparently ask for and renders financial assistance to meet such pressing and unforeseen medical expenses.

In simple words, Crowdfunding is the process of funding a project, venture, a social or a personal cause (medical, NGO, education, sports) through contributions from a large group of individuals, primarily online with the help of crowdfunding India platforms and social media.

Crowdfunding sites in India have helped patients get much-needed treatment when their friends and family have no means to fund such lifesaving care. By setting up a mechanism that takes funds from donors to those who desperately need such treatments, they help build a trustworthy bridge between those in need and those who want to help. We have also witnessed an interesting trend where more and more doctors recommend crowdfunding to patients and help them set up fundraisers.

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