Typhoid fever is an illness that was much more common a century ago. Since then vaccines and antibiotics have been developed that can either prevent it altogether or cure the disease in fewer than two days. These remedies are certainly a good thing, as typhoid fever is a severe illness that brings with it high fever and flu-like symptoms, including fatigue, body ache, nausea and diarrhea. Even though this disease is rare, people still fall ill to it, especially if they consume contaminated food or water that contains a bacteria called Salmonella typhi. Fortunately, if you ever contract typhoid fever, your chances of surviving are high if you undertake the following course of action.
Things You'll Need
- Doctor's appointment
- Fruits and vegetables
Schedule a visit with your doctor if you are experiencing the following symptoms: stomachache, headache, diarrhea, lowered appetite, bronchitis, fatigue and general aches and pains throughout your body. Additionally, one of the most distinguishing characteristics of typhoid fever is an elevated temperature of 103 degrees or more.
Undergo a stool test at your doctor's office. Your doctor will have you provide a stool sample so the laboratory can detect the presence of the Salmonella typhi bacteria using a stool culture. It is the most conclusive way to detect typhoid fever.
Adhere to your doctor's treatment plan. Typically, your doctor will have you hospitalized so you can receive antibiotic therapy. You may not respond to the first dose of antiobiotics, so your doctor will either increase the dose or administer a new antiobiotic.
Stay in the hospital, even if you feel better after the first few days of receiving medication. It can take up to six weeks for a patient to recover from typhoid fever.
Consume a liquid diet while you are in the hospital. Natural fruit juice, in particular, is a good beverage because it contains antioxidants that boost your immune system and help it fight off the disease.
Eat mainly fresh fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of water while you continue to recover (even after you are discharged from the hospital).