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How to Treat Salmonella

How to Treat Salmonella

Salmonella food poisoning, caused by the bacteria of the same name, is called salmonellosis.

More Info: According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are more than 40,000 reported cases of salmonellosis annually in the United States suggesting that the number of actual cases that go unreported could raise that estimate thirtyfold.

Symptoms and Treatment

Common Symptoms of salmonellosis include abdominal cramping, diarrhea, and fever that can occur between 12 and 72 hours following infection.  The top priority for healthy individuals that contract salmonellosis is to keep from becoming dehydrated, by drinking plenty of liquids that contain electrolytes such as sports drinks.  (Davis M.D. Ph.D., medicinenet.com)

Antibiotics Controversial

The use of antibiotics for Salmonella food poisoning is sometimes indicated especially if the bacteria have moved beyond the intestines to the bloodstream or in immunocompromised patients. Because it is difficult to self-diagnose the extent of the infection caused by this bacterium, it is important that you seek medical attention.

 

REFERENCES:

[1]”CDC – General Information on Salmonella.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Mar. 2012. <http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/general/index.html>

[2] Davis M.D. PhD, Charles Patrick. “What Is the Treatment for Salmonella Poisoning?.” Medicinenet.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Mar. 2012. <www.medicinenet.com/salmonella/page4.htm>.

 

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