Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Campylobacter Enteritis Treatment

General treatment for Campylobacter enteritis includes a clear liquid diet and medication for fever. Oral fluids help prevent dehydration from the fluid loss caused by diarrhea. In some cases, hospitalization for intravenous (IV) fluids is required to treat moderate to severe dehydration or correct an electrolyte imbalance. Most cases of Campylobacter enteritis resolve without antibiotics within a week, but severe cases may require treatment. Medications that reduce diarrhea, such as Lomotil, are not recommended because they prolong the illness.

Treatment for Campylobacter enteritis includes:

Campylobacter Enteritis Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of campylobacter enteritis.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • Am I contagious?
    • For how long?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this problem again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Campylobacter Enteritis Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat campylobacter enteritis:

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Last Updated: Jun 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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