Shigella Gastroenteritis Treatment
Shigella infection usually resolves over 5 to 7 days. Maintaining adequate fluid intake to avoid dehydration may be all that is necessary if symptoms are mild. General measures for a shigella infection usually includes plenty of liquids and medications to control vomiting. More severe shigella infections can be shortened with antibiotics, but symptoms may continue for 1-2 weeks after treatment.
Treatment options for shigella infection include:
- Oral rehydration therapy for older children and adults:
- Drink clear liquids only, such as water, sports drinks (best), fruit juice and dilute tea.
- Drink small quantities of fluids frequently, such as 2 tablespoons of fluid every 5 minutes.
- The absence of food allows the intestines to rest.
- Oral rehydration is effective to treat mild to moderate dehydration
- Intravenous fluids for severe dehydration
- Start with a clear liquid diet and advance to a full liquid diet once symptoms improve.
- BRAT diet (i.e. bananas, rice, applesauce, toast):
- Can help to minimize diarrhea
- Medications for nausea and vomiting:
- Avoid medications for diarrhea:
- These medications may make your condition worse
- Diarrhea help you to clear the offending bacteria from the intestines
- Antibiotics for shigella infection:
Shigella Gastroenteritis Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat a shigella infection:
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