Enteric fever or typhoid is an infection that causes diarrhoea and a rash - most commonly due to a type of bacteria called Salmonella typhi (S. typhi). Typhoid fever is common in developing countries.
The bacteria that cause typhoid fever - S. typhi - spread through contaminated food, drink, or water. If you eat or drink something that is contaminated, the bacteria enter your body. They travel into your intestines, and then into your bloodstream, where they can get to your lymph nodes, gallbladder, liver, spleen, and other parts of your body.
A few people can become carriers of S. typhi and continue to release the bacteria in their stools for years, spreading the disease.
Early symptoms include fever, general ill feeling, and abdominal pain. A high (typically over 103 degrees Fahrenheit) fever and severe diarrhea occur, as the disease gets worse. Some people with typhoid fever develop a rash called "rose spots," which are small red spots on the abdomen and chest.
Other symptoms that occur include:
- Abdominal tenderness
- Fluctuating mood
- Severe fatigue
- Bloody stools
- Difficulty paying attention (attention deficit)
- Slow, sluggish, lethargic feeling
Typhoid fever can be prevented through proper sanitation and hygiene. Since the disease spreads in places where human feces come into to contact with food and drinking water, prevention relies on careful food preparation and persistent hand washing. To prevent typhoid, people in endemic areas should avoid drinking untreated water, avoid raw fruits and vegetables, choose to consume hot foods where bacteria cannot survive, adequately clean household items, and avoid handling food if there is a risk of spreading the disease.
At bodhin, the selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat typhoid fever but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility.
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