Typhoid fever, which is also known as typhoid, is a disease caused by Salmonella Typhi bacteria. The infection is most often passed on through contaminated food and drinking water. Symptoms may vary from mild to severe, and usually begin 6 to 30 days after exposure.
The symptoms of typhoid include: Weakness, stomach pain, headache, diarrhoea or constipation, cough, loss of appetite and some people with typhoid fever develop a rash of flat, rose-coloured spots.
The test is used for diagnosis and treatment of the typhoid fever or follow-up after the diagnosis and monitor the recovery of the person.
Frequently asked questions
How many days will typhoid fever lasts?
Typhoid usually last between 7 to 14 days, but can be as short as 3 days, or as long as 30 days. If untreated, the illness usually lasts for 3 to 4 weeks, but may be a little longer in a small number of people. Symptoms of typhoid may vary from mild to severe and life-threatening.
Is there a vaccine for typhoid fever?
Yes, but it may not be recommended for routine use. The vaccine is given to people: who work in jobs or places that put them at a close risk for infection, who travel to countries where typhoid is common, who have a family member who is ill with typhoid.
What is the treatment to typhoid?
The antibiotic therapy is the only effective way of treating of typhoid fever. And a doctor will prescribe a required antibiotics and dose.
What is the prognosis (outlook) for people with typhoid fever?
People who have received treatment with antibiotics, typhoid fever symptoms improve within 2 to 4 weeks. The symptoms may return or develop antibiotic resistance if treatment is not followed correctly.