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Kindly advice diet for a TB patient under DOTS treatment.


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Published At June 5, 2019
Reviewed AtJanuary 19, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My father is 48 years old. He has been suffering from pleural effusion and TB for the last two months. DOTS treatment is going on. I want to know what foods should he take and what should he avoid.


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Good your father is under treatment, continue without any break, that is the most important thing. Diet also plays a vital role in TB treatment. Consume fruits, and vegetables like oranges, mango, sweet pumpkin, carrots, guava, amla (Indian gooseberry), tomato, nuts, and seeds are excellent sources of Vitamin A, C and E. Protein-rich foods and foods rich in B complex Vitamins should be taken. Ask him to have a boiled egg daily. He needs more protein because they aspirate effusion fluid from the chest, which is rich in protein. So there will be protein loss. To compensate add more protein-rich food.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. C. Elanchezhian
Dr. C. Elanchezhian

General Medicine

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