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Do I have TB?

The symptoms of TB can appear slowly and you may not have all of them. Always see a doctor if you are worried. And remember, TB is curable and treatment is free for everyone in the UK.

The most common symptoms of TB are:

  • a cough for three weeks or longer
  • weight loss
  • loss of appetite
  • high temperature or fever
  • night sweats
  • extreme tiredness or lack of energy.

Symptoms may vary

Symptoms of TB will depend on which part of the body is affected. For example, a cough is a common symptom of TB in the lungs. Someone with TB in the lymph nodes may have a swollen throat. Aches and pains in the joints could be TB in the bones. TB meningitis often gives a person severe headaches.

Don’t ignore TB symptoms

If you have a cough that won’t go away or other TB symptoms, go and see a doctor and ask to be tested for TB. Early diagnosis means there is less chance of long-term damage to your body, makes it easier to treat and reduces the risk of other people catching TB from you.

If you are not yet registered with a GP you can find out more about accessing NHS services by reading this leaflet or you can find your nearest GP through our Find a GP page.

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