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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

TYPHOID (TYPHOID FEVER) IN #UGANDA. SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT

Typhoid is contracted by drinking beverages or ingesting food that is contaminated with a bacteria called Salmonella.  Typhoid can be fatal if not treated promptly.  The incubation period (the amount of time it takes to make you sick) can be up to 2 weeks.

Watch out for these symptoms:
  1. Fever.  This can start as a low grade fever and increase daily.
  2. Headache
  3. Lethargy (general feeling of weakness)
  4. Aches and Pains
  5. Poor Appetite
  6. Diarrhea but some people experience constipation instead
  7. Stomach pain -- many of you should take this as a sign and check the others above.
  8. Skin rash sometimes may show up
  9. Dry cough -- this will keep getting worse.  Watch the other symptoms.
Treatment is really using antibiotics which combat the salmonella bacteria.
  1. Ciproflaxin (CIPRO)
  2. Amoxicillin
  3. Bactrim (Septra)  - this should be readily available in all the public hospitals since it is one of the treatments used in HIV patients.  
  4. Levafloxacin (Levoquin) -- should be available anywhere in Uganda. Watch out, I found out that one of my friends was being given quinine.  Some Ugandan doctors are jokers. Since when does Quinine treat Typhoid.
  5. There are other medications but I have put here the ones I know are easily accessible in Uganda
IF YOU DO NOT TREAT TYPHOID PROMPTLY, COMPLICATIONS WILL ARISE:
  1. Pneumonia
  2. Brain swelling (the patient becomes delirius) and the result will be like menengitis. 
  3. Intestinal Perforation leading to stomach bleeding.  Internal bleeding is very serious.
  4. Inernal organ problems (heart can swell, pancreas, gall bladder and kdney infection)
All the above information is easily available on the internet using a search engine such as Google.  I am not a medical professional so consult with your doctor since now you know what to watch out for.

http://nangalama.blogspot.ca/2015/05/typhoid-typhoid-fever-in-uganda.html

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Moncton, Canada
Born and Raised in Uganda (Bududa District)
Martha Leah Zesaguli (Nangalama)
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