Patient discussion about Salmonella

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Q. What are the symptoms of salmonella infection?

A1Dehydration is the principal clinical concern. The incubation period – the time between ingestion of Salmonella bacteria and the onset of illness – varies from six to 72 hours.Salmonella can cause three different kinds of illness: gastroenteritis, typhoid fever, and bacteremia.Symptoms of Salmonella gastroenteritis include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, nausea, and/or vomiting.In mild cases diarrhea may be non-bloody, occur several times per day, and not be very voluminous; in severe cases it may be frequent, bloody and/or mucoid, and of high volume. Fever generally occurs in the 100°F to 102°F (38°C to 39°C) range. Vomiting is less common than diarrhea. Headaches, myalgias (muscle pain), and arthralgias (joint pain) are often reported as well.Whereas the diarrhea typically lasts 24 to 72 hours, patients often report fatigue and other nonspecific symptoms lasting 7 days or longer. For the full article: http://www.about-salmonella.com/salmonella_symptoms_risks
A2Salmonella infection can cause fever, sometimes high fever, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The hallmark of Salmonella infection is bloody diahrrea, and in any case of fever, abdominal pain and bloody stools it is very important to get examined and get stool sample testing for the bacteria.

Q. How can I catch Salmonella?

Yesterday I ate a mousse which was made from raw eggs. Could I have caught Salmonella?
A1Salmonella infections usually resolve in 5-7 days and often do not require treatment unless the patient becomes severely dehydrated or the infection spreads from the intestines. Persons with severe diarrhea may require rehydration, often with intravenous fluids (IV). Antibiotics are not usually necessary unless the infection spreads from the intestines.

A2How do you feel? Do you have diarrhea, fever or abdominal cramps? If you do, it could be Salmonella, so go to be checked by a Doctor. If 72 hours have passed since eating the raw eggs and you don't develop any of these symptoms, then you are probably fine.

Q. What is salmonellosis?

I heard on the news that there was a salmonella outbreak recently. What is it?
A1The Salmonella germ is actually a group of bacteria that can cause diarrheal illness in humans. They are microscopic living creatures that pass from the feces of people or animals, to other people or other animals. There are many different kinds of Salmonella bacteria.
A2Salmonellosis is an infection with a bacteria called Salmonella. Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most persons recover without treatment.

Q. My Sister has Diarrhea for 3 days is it Salmonella?

My Sister and I went out to a Chinese restaurant last week to celebrate my Birthday. A couple of days later my Sister became ill and has stomach aches and diarrhea. Is it Salmonella?
A1If the illness was caused by eating in the restaurant, then it could be Salmonella or food poisoning.
Salmonella are usually transmitted to humans by eating foods contaminated with animal feces. Contaminated foods usually look and smell normal. Contaminated foods are often of animal origin, such as beef, poultry, milk, or eggs, but all foods, including vegetables may become contaminated. Many raw foods of animal origin are frequently contaminated, but fortunately, thorough cooking kills Salmonella. Food may also become contaminated by the unwashed hands of an infected food handler, who forgot to wash his or her hands with soap after using the bathroom.
A2Many different kinds of illnesses can cause diarrhea, fever, or abdominal cramps. Determining that Salmonella is the cause of the illness depends on laboratory tests that identify Salmonella in the stools of an infected person. These tests are sometimes not performed unless the laboratory is instructed specifically to look for the organism. Therefore, she should go to her Doctor so he can send her for further tests to determin if this is in fact Salmonella.
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