Typhoid fever is treated with antibiotics, but many strains are becoming antibiotic resistant. Antibiotic resistance occurs when people only take a portion of the antibiotics they are prescribed.
Typhoid is a bacterial infection that is caused by the Salmonella typhi bacteria. This infection is characterized by several symptoms that can be mild or severe. Some of the symptoms of typhoid include:
High fever (generally above 103°F)
Weakness and fatigue
Abdominal pain or discomfort
Loss of appetite
Diarrhea or constipation
Rash on the chest or back
Confusion or delirium
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. A healthcare professional can perform a physical exam and order tests to confirm a typhoid diagnosis.
Treatment for typhoid typically involves antibiotics to kill the Salmonella typhi bacteria. Common antibiotics used to treat typhoid include ciprofloxacin, azithromycin, and ceftriaxone. In some cases, hospitalization may be necessary if the infection is severe.
In addition to antibiotics, it is important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Eating a healthy diet with easily digestible foods such as soups, broths, cooked vegetables, and fruits can also help.
Prevention is key when it comes to avoiding typhoid. This can include practicing good hygiene by washing hands frequently, avoiding contaminated or raw foods, and getting vaccinated if traveling to areas where typhoid is common.Waiting to receive medical care can lead to someone experiencing a high fever for weeks to months and can even lead to death. If you happen to contract typhoid, see a doctor as soon as you can to begin treatment.
Even though symptoms may have disappeared, you can still be a typhoid fever carrier. You don’t want to prepare food for other people until a doctor says you are no longer a carrier.
Be sure to take your antibiotics as prescribed and wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water after using the restroom. The same precautions you take to avoid typhoid can also help prevent cholera, hepatitis A, traveler’s diarrhea, and dysentery.
Schedule an appointment for oral or injectable typhoid vaccination at any of the Away Clinic locations! No physician prescription is required, just make an appointment and fill out your new patient paperwork.