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How would I know if my salmonella infection has turned into typhoid fever?

How would I know if my salmonella infection has turned into typhoid fever?

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

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Infection (Definition)

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


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Can I tell my primary school students that typhoid fever is equal to salmonella food poisoning?

Can I tell my primary school students that typhoid fever is equal to salmonella food poisoning?

No: No. Salmonella is a common cause of food-borne diarrhea in the U.S. Typhoid fever, caused by a specific of salmonella, is rarely seen in non-travelers, and causes a more systemic illness. People with typhoid have fever and belly pain, but often don't have diarrhea. ...Read more

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I have diabetes, will there be complications with a salmonella infection?

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I have diabetes, will there be complications with a salmonella infection?

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

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I am pregnant, will there be complications with a salmonella infection?

I am pregnant, will there be complications with a salmonella infection?

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

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I have cancer, will there be complications with a salmonella infection?

I have cancer, will there be complications with a salmonella infection?

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

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At my last check up, I forgot to tell the doctor about salmonella infection. Is that ok?

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

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How fast can I make my salmonella infection go away?

How fast can I make my salmonella infection go away?

No simple answer: Salmonella is a family of different types, the common ones are food borne and resolve in a week or so. Better to ask is how you know you have it? ...Read more

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How does a person get e coli or salmonella infection?

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

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Salmonella (Definition)

Is a bacterium which is a cause of gastrointestinal infection presenting with fever and diarrhea for 4-7 days and is transmitted as a zoonosis, that is, directly or indirectly from an animal host such as chickens or their eggs. Only salmonella typhi is ...Read more


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Fever (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...Read more