Salmonella - Treatments

What treatment has been effective for your Salmonella poisoning?

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What is the treatment for Salmonella poisoning?

Treatment for enteritis or food poisoning is controversial. Some doctors recommend no antibiotics since the disease is self-limited, while others suggest using antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro, Cipro XR, Proquin XR) for 10-14 days. Some medical investigators believe antibiotics prolong the carrier state.

However, patients with suppressed immune systems (for example, patients with AIDS, undergoing cancer chemotherapy, infants under 2 months of age, or the elderly) should receive antibiotics. They may require hospitalization and be managed by an infectious disease consultant. In addition, pregnancy often predisposes the mother to get all types of food poisoning, including Salmonella. Pregnant females should take care to wash and cook foods well before eating. They should contact their OB/GYN doctor if they begin to have any signs of dehydration, especially if they develop a fever above 101 F.

Supportive therapy for both enteritis and enteric fevers consists mainly of preventing dehydration and electrolyte abnormalities (for example, abnormal levels of potassium and sodium ions) with fluids containing electrolytes (for example, IV fluids or oral fluids like sports drinks).

Carriers of Salmonella are considered to be infected even though they may show no symptoms. Carriers can infect other people and need to be cured of the carrier state. About 85% of carriers can be cured by a combination of surgery to remove their gallbladder and antibiotic treatments.

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Comment from: Lb4lbaround, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 02

I was given ciprofloxacin 500mg for my Salmonella poisoning. Never heard of it until now, but yes, the doctor prescribed it and it worked.

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Comment from: Hanad, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: March 13

Frying the eggs should kill the bacteria, but I would wash them with soap and water before cracking the shells. Boiling should be all right, but I'm not sure. Packs of surgical instruments to be sterilized are placed in an autoclave where they are subjected to steam under pressure for a specified period, something like 40 minutes. That ensures all bugs are killed. Anything less is considered too risky. So, I have to wonder if four or five minutes in boiling water is really sufficient to kill salmonella.

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