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A bacterial infectious disorder contracted by consumption of food or drink contaminated with Salmonella typhi. This disorder is common in developing countries and can be treated with antibiotics.
Symptoms of Typhoid Fever
The following features are indicative of Typhoid Fever:
loss of appetite and weight loss
It is possible that Typhoid Fever shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.
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Common Causes of Typhoid Fever
The following are the most common causes of Typhoid Fever:
Salmonella typhi bacteria
Risk Factors for Typhoid Fever
The following factors may increase the likelihood of Typhoid Fever:
have close contact with someone who is infected
drink water contaminated by sewage that contains S. typhi
work in or travel to areas where typhoid fever is endemic
work as a clinical microbiologist handling Salmonella typhi bacteria
Prevention of Typhoid Fever
Yes, it may be possible to prevent Typhoid Fever. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
adequate medical care
safe drinking water
get vaccinated against typhoid fever
avoid raw fruits and vegetables
wash hands frequently
avoid drinking untreated water
Occurrence of Typhoid Fever
Number of Cases
The following are the number of Typhoid Fever cases seen each year worldwide:
Very common > 10 Million cases
Common Age Group
Typhoid Fever can occur at any age.
Typhoid Fever can occur in any gender.
Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Typhoid Fever
The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Typhoid Fever:
Complete blood count: To determine the number of white blood cells
Culture test: To confirm detected typhoid fever infection
Doctor for Diagnosis of Typhoid Fever
Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Typhoid Fever:
Infectious disease specialist
Complications of Typhoid Fever if untreated
Yes, Typhoid Fever causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Typhoid Fever is left untreated:
kidney or bladder infections
Procedures for Treatment of Typhoid Fever
The following procedures are used to treat Typhoid Fever:
Surgery: To treat the intestinal bleeding and repair the hole
Medicines for Typhoid Fever
Below is the list of medicines used for Typhoid Fever:
Self-care for Typhoid Fever
The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Typhoid Fever:
Drinking plenty of fluids: Helps in preventing from fever, diarrhea and to avoid dehydration
Eat well-cooked food: Prevents and reduces the risk of typhoid fever and infections
Patient Support for Treatment of Typhoid Fever
The following actions may help Typhoid Fever patients:
Patient education and support: Get informed about the nature of the infection and mode of transmission, helps in preventing the infections and disease
Time for Treatment of Typhoid Fever
While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Typhoid Fever to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
In 1 - 4 weeks
Is Typhoid Fever Infectious?
Yes, Typhoid Fever is known to be infectious. It can spread across people via the following means:
close contact with someone who's infected
contaminated food and water
Last updated date
This page was last updated on 10/30/2020.
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