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Typhoid Through Kissing
If a person has recurrent typhoid infections say every year , so can he/she transmit the disease through kissing etc?
Typhoid ... can we get it by kissing a carrier but he/she doesn't have any symptoms of the disease at the moment .
Kiss typhoid: Not likely but possible. Called a carrier who does not have symptoms. ...Read more
No, not usually: Typhoid fever (salmonella typhi) is from the stool (poop) of infected people and is not in the saliva. However, if an infected person accidentally transferred traces of poop from his hands to his face (due to poor handwashing habits), and then he got kissed by an uninfected person, the uninfected person could swallow enough salmonella typhi bacteria to contract typhoid fever. ...Read more
I kissed a girl who was diagnosed with typhoid 3 days back. Is there a way I can prevent the disease in the incubation period itself by taking meds?
See answer: The fact that u cld kiss a girl who was diagnosed to have typhoid fever 3 days ago suggests that she already is on an antibiotic and therefore not contagious, &improved. Doctor will not give u an antibiotic as a precaution. U may never develop the disease. If u do develop a fever the diagnosis becomes easier and u will be promptly treated. Make sure u include a blood culture in the tests ordered. ...Read more
I kissed a girl who was diagnosed with typhoid 1 day ago and is taking Ciprofloxacin since then. Will I also be infected? Can I prevent the disease?
Typhoid: Typhoid is usually acquired through consumption of water or food that has been contaminated by the feces of one with the disease. Transmission through sexual contact is rare and that is through anal sex. Your chances are low. I can find no recommendation to use antibiotics in a prophylactic manner. Good hand and food hygiene and vaccination are your best protections. ...Read more
No.: It is not sexually transmitted!Get a more detailed answer ›
I've been on antibiotics for 6days. I did a widal test which came out positive. Told it's typhoid. Am I safe to kiss and have unprotected sex?
Sure: Typhoid is not especially contagious if you practice basic good hygiene. ...Read more
We can not answer:
We can not asnswer your question as we do not know what antibiotics you are taking and if you are hospitalized for it
Typhoid Fever is a serious infectious disease and most of the time treated in the hospital after confirming with blood and stool and other tests and treated with IV Antibiotics under medical supervision
Discuss your case with your doctor and follow up with him/her ...Read more
Water contamination: In the developing world, typhoid spreads through human fecal contaminated water. Unlike most kinds of salmonellosis, this form is only a human disease. There are no chickens, cattle or other fauna involved. ...Read more
Food hygiene/vaccine: Typhoid fever is a common (worldwide) infection with salmonella typhi bacteria caught via fecally contaminated food and water (human poop in your food or water. Yuck, but happens). Be careful what you eat ("boil it, peel it, cook it, or forget it"). There are two vaccines (oral & injection) available which work reasonably well. Also, gastric acidity helps, so extra caution if you take antacids! ...Read more
Possibly: Generally the salmonella remains resident in the gallbladder and reaches the gut through the biliary tree. If your stools remain positive for the organism you have become a carrier, but are not at risk of infecting others unless you are a food handler or do not use basic sanitary techniques like hand-washing after going to the bathroom. ...Read more
There are two types of typhoid vaccines, an oral version and a "shot". There are pros and cons to each, but the biggest is that one is a shot (!), but is single dose, whereas the oral vaccine is a capsule taken every other day for four doses (takes a week). The oral vaccine also lasts longer (5 yrs) than the shot (2-3 yrs).
Oh, and yes it can be a little painful, but not bad! ...Read more
Typhoid: Salmonella typhi requires a high number of organisms to cause disease and is usually transmitted by the fecal oral route by grossly contaminated food or water. If you are doing oral sex on a penis that is not clean or immediately following anal sex without washing it is conceivable that transmission could occur, but this is not very probable. ...Read more
Yes.: These are two completely separate conditions. Malaria is a parasitic infection carried by infected Mosquitos. Typhoid is a bacterial infection usually caused by contaminated food or water. In areas where both are prevalent you could get both, but the conditions are not related at all. ...Read more
Numerous: Week one, constipation, step-wise increasing fever to constant level, headache, lethargy, malaise, muscle and abdominal pains. In 2nd wk rose spotted rash, diarrhea, slow pulse, stupor replaces headache. 3rd and 4th weeks can produce GI hemorrhage, perforation of bowel, heart muscle dysfunction, septic shock and death. Bad disease to have. ...Read more
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