Typhoid fever is a bacterial infection carried through food, water and contact between people.
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According to verywellhealth, If left untreated, the condition causes flu-like symptoms that can lead to death. The disease is estimated to impact 5,700 persons each year.
Signs And Symptoms Of Typhoid
The following are the most prevalent typhoid fever symptoms:
1. Fever that can reach 103 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit
3. Headache and stomach pain
4. Constipation or diarrhea
6. Appetite loss.
7. A rash of flat, rose-colored dots is possible.
If the condition worsens, it might cause more significant symptoms, such as:
1. Extreme exhaustion
3. Irregular heartbeat: is a condition in which the heartbeat is irregular.
4. Blood in the vomit and bloody stools
5. Stools with a tar-like appearance.
6. Rigidity and severe stomach pain
7. Consciousness loss and other neurological symptoms
If you have these symptoms, see your doctor right away, especially if you've recently been to another country. Typhoid fever can have life-threatening consequences if left untreated, including intestinal perforation, which occurs when a hole opens in the digestive tract, allowing the infection to spread to other organs.
Causes Of Typhoid Fever.
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Salmonella Typhi, the bacteria that causes typhoid fever, only infects humans and not animals. It is spread by contaminated food and drink, as well as contact with an infected person. The following are the most common methods to contract typhoid fever:
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1. Eating food that has been washed or cooked with polluted water
2. Drinking water that includes sewage containing the Salmonella Typhi bacteria
3. Eating or drinking food prepared or served by someone infected with the germs, particularly if they did not wash their hands after using the toilet. Salmonella Typhi can be identified in the feces of persons who are sick right now or who are asymptomatic but still carry the infection.
What To Do.
Antibiotics are used to treat typhoid fever. You should take the antibiotic for the whole duration recommended by your doctor. To avoid spreading the disease, always wash your hands with soap and water after using the toilet. Your fever will last three to five days instead of weeks or months with antibiotic treatment.
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