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Salmonella Infection In Children
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
Donated organ-infect: Depends on the infection and the organ donation. Call your doctor to report the infection and ask about treatment and complications. ...Read more
Hard to say: Diabetics do tend to get more and prolonged infections, esp if they have poor glycemic control, vascular insufficiency or neuropathy, but little work has been done on salmonella food poisoning in diabetics. It seems more common but much more study has focused on salmonella infecting the bone after a foot infection. I'd talk to your doctor if symptoms persist or worsen. ...Read more
The same as original: A relapse means that one's condition deteriorates after a temporary period of improvement. Usually, for an infectious disease like salmonella, this means that the selected antibiotic was not effective (the organism wasn't sensitive to it) or the patient didn't take the antibiotics correctly. So in a salmonella relapse, one would again experience diarrhea, abdominal pain, ? fever ...Read more
Yes ... but: For most patients the recommendations are against the use of antibiotics, as they are more likely to prolong infection and symptoms than result in a cure (except for salmonella typhi, which should always be treated). Hiv+, infants, and severely ill persons can be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more
Maybe,maybe not: As long as the germ does not enter your blood, the risk to baby is minimal.That risk would depend on how sick you become and how that detracts from your ability to carry the pregnancy.If the infection is limited to your intestines and you recover over time, the baby should not be effected at all. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the type of cancer, how widely spread, and how it has been treated (and responded). In general, if you have an intact immune system you should recover well from this with "supportive' treatment only (water, electrolytes, and food). If your immune system is suppressed or absent, there is some risk of prolonged illness and/or severe illness and should be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more
Many ways: Both of the bacteria can come from many sources. E. Coli types actually live in your intestines and are symbiotic with us (beneficial). But some types of e coli are pathogenic (can cause disease) and can be found in many places. Salmonella is usually a pathogen but can come from animals, improperly washed food sources, etc. ...Read more
Vaccination of feed animals.
Limit use of antibiotics as growth promoters.
Improve food safty practices.
Do not eat raw or undercooked eggs or meats.
Food handler hygene.
Maintain time-temperature standards for food handling/preparation/storage.
Ban unpasturized dairy products.
There is a typhoid vaccine for travelers to typhoid endemic areas. ...Read more
Salmonella: The infection lasts up to seven days. ...Read more
Let your doctor know: It is always good policy to, and most physicians welcome when you, express medical concerns. Never hesitate to communicate with your doctor--he needs to hear from you. The two most important pieces of information upon which a physician bases his diagnosis and treatment plan is 1) patient history and 2) physical exam. Thanks in advance for helping us help you, so call or e-mail him/her soon. ...Read more
Typhoid - S. typhi: Salmonella the germ has many species. A simple gastroenteritis (diarrheal type illness) is caused by a different germ than typhoid. Typhoid is more of a systemic, progressively worsening disease. Your doctor should have the answer in the Petri dish, if they did a stool culture on you. Salmonella enterica causes those 'food poisoning' symptoms. Salmonella typhi causes typhoid fever. Subtle but imp! ...Read more
I got splashed in the face with turtle poo water.It didnt get in my mouth and I didnt swallow it.Could I get a salmonella infection?
Unlikely: Regardless, always wash your hands before and after handling your turtle or its habitat. ...Read more
Why did it take months for my bowels to return to normal following a salmonella infection, even after the salmonella was cleared from my stool?
Hi! Infections of: any kind can do physical damage. As a result, pain, irritation, and other symptoms can persist even after the bugs themselves are completely cleared. In the case of intestinal infections, those symptoms may include diarrhea, gas, and difficulty digesting dairy products and sometimes fats and beans. Watch your diet and be patient. All will be right in the end! Dr. Anne ...Read more
Had a salmonella infection 7 months ago. Felt better until having stomach symptoms last week. Could salmonella have relapsed after all this time?
Can a salmonella infection lead to the development, over the years, of alcohol intolerance and IBS / leaky gut? is low FODMAP diet a good solution?
No difference in Rx: A very recent research study found that people who had been infected with the intestinal parasite Giardia had an elevated risk of irritable bowel syndrome. Maybe other intestinal infections like salmonellosis can do the same. However, it probably makes no differenence i how IBS should be treated. This is something to discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
Why is there an increased risk of developing osteomyelitis in sickle cell anaemia patients having salmonella infection only? (pathogenesis)
Sickle cell disease: Although salmonella frequently cause osteomyelitis in sickle cell dz patients, it isn't the most common cause - the most common cause remains staphylococcus. Sickle cell dz predisposes to infections including osteomyelitis due to: hyposplenism & infarcted bone (due to microvascular occlusion). Salmonella is thought to spread from intestine secondary to microinfarction of bowel caused by sickling. ...Read more
Took clindamycin in December, and recently had salmonella infection and took cipro (ciprofloxacin). Now having lower abdominal/suprapubic achiness/soreness. Related?
Abdominal pain: Generally, cipro (ciprofloxacin) is used for salmonella infections only in those that are immunocompromised, as antibiotics can prolong the carrier course of salmonella. So there is a possibility you still have the infection. There is also a possibility there is something else going on as well, i.e. UTI, yeast infection, clostridium dificile, etc. I recommend you see your doctor for some additional testing. ...Read more
Yes: I would say this is actually fairly common and may even be expected. Presumably you were treated with antibiotics. This in itself can cause stomach upset and combined with the illness can alter your intestinal "flora" (the normal bacteria that live in your bowels). Bland diet, advance to regular diet slowly. Consider a Pro-biotic supplement. Any worsening, seek further evaluation. ...Read more
Diarrhea, cramps.: Severe, acute hemorrhagic diarrhea and abdominal cramps are the main symptoms. Usually little or no fever is present, and the illness resolves in five to 10 days. It can also be asymptomatic. Fluid replacement and blood pressure support may be needed to prevent death from dehydration. Treatment with may cause kidney complications. Hemolytic-uremic syndrome is a life-threatening condition. ...Read more
Does your body develope a temporary immunity to salmonella after infection? Even if only for just a couple of days?
Yes; and Complex: All infections, if "cured", are cured by body immune system, not antibiotics ; other treatments. Antibiotics are poisons, ones selected because host generally tolerates them better than "infectious agent", a chemical warfare strategy. However, if immune system too compromised, just slows inevitable. However, limited clinical trial data on salmonella for definitive answers to your wise thinking. ...Read more
I'm an asymptomatic carrier of salmonella typhi after traveling. Am I now at high(er) risk for infections via anal sex?
Carrier state: Asymptomatic carriers of salmonella typhi can transmit the infection to others through fecal to oral contact. I consider unprotected anal sex hazardous in your case. Meticulous hygiene would be needed. A public health official or specialist in infectious diseases can answer this question with more authority,however. ...Read more