Tuberculosis, also known as TB, is a worldwide problem that kills roughly one million people every year. At some point in your life, you've probably been checked for tuberculosis symptoms, or at least been given that test where they put a bubble of fluid under your skin. Hopefully, you've been lucky enough never to get it. Still, considering this disease isn't that common in western countries, you might be wondering as to what tuberculosis is like when you have it. While we don't recommend you try to find out, we're happy to satisfy your curiosity.
Although TB usually shows up in poorer nations with bad sanitation conditions and little medical funding, anyone can get it. You might even carry the disease with little to no symptoms, and never even know you have it.
Unfortunately, most people do have symptoms, and they're hardly the mild kind. So, rather than find out for yourself what having tuberculosis feels like, let's look at the signs and symptoms that might hit you should you become infected.