is a infectious disease caused by bacteria. It usually
affects the lungs as a chronic disease and since it
is prolonged with low-grade fever, heavy breathing and
coughing the person becomes exhausted and also wasting
of the body is seen.
this condition as in most fevers high carbohydrate and
high fluid intake is essential. Good quantities of bread,
rice, porridges, kanjee and light biscuits prepared
in an appealing manner, as the appetite is low, is important.
All food must be cooked well and soft so that no irritation
to the digestive tract occurs and food is easily digested.
almost double of normal requirement is necessary to
prevent wasting of body. Atleast 1 liter of milk a day
is essential, besides thin dal, egg white and fish.
High mineral intake of calcium, iron and phosphorus
help in cell regeneration and regulation of blood and
fluids. Calcium helps in healing of tuberculosis lesions.
A and C deficiency occurs in tuberculosis and the diet
must include yellow or orange coloured fruits and vegetables
and regular intake of orange juice and if necessary
the tablet form of these vitamins. The Vitamin B- pyridoxine
may also have to be given as a tablet to prevent neuritis.
Fatty, fibrous and spicy foods should be avoided.