What to Know about Typhoid

Typhoid is a serious ailment that is caused by a bacterium known as Salmonella typhi. Some of its most visible symptoms include a fever that comes with increased temperature, muscle ache, headaches and even exhaustion. When one contacts the bacteria his/ her digestive system will also be affected as they will experience nausea, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting or even one can lose his or her appetite. It is also common that you will experience some pain in the abdomen.

typhoid patientAdditionally, if you witness some pink spots on your skin, you are confused, you see some traces of blood in your stool or when you vomit, experience breathlessness or a swollen abdomen then you need to be checked by a doctor because you might have contracted typhoid. If you have never been infected by the disease before, then it is important that you know its signs so that the moment you notice them you can seek medical attention as quickly as possible. The most common signs include:

Fever

This is the first sign that will show that you have contracted typhoid. The fever will usually start slowly, then it will worsen after 2-3 days, the temperature can even rise to a high of up to 104 degrees. The condition will prevail as so for almost two weeks then it worsens or goes down, but one needs to seek medical assistance.

Headaches

Experiencing constant and never-ending headaches can also be a sign or a warning that you have contracted typhoid. You will feel as though your forehead is tied with a tight band. But when the attack is severe, it is common for some people to experience bursting, spitting or even a throbbing headache.headache a symptom of typhoid

Muscle ache

While muscle aches can be a sign of one suffering from some issues. It is important to look out for muscle aches that occur in combination with some of the other signs that we have highlighted. If you experience general body pain, then you need to check if typhoid has infected you.

Diarrhea and constipation

These are both signs that you might have contracted typhoid. Usually, an individual will suffer from constipation at first; then after two weeks, they will start experiencing diarrhea. In adults, one will exhibit constipation first then diarrhea, but children will only experience diarrhea more frequently than normal. The stool that one excretes is yellowish green in color. And it will be very hard for the patient to control the call of nature when it knocks.

Fatigue and exhaustion

It is normal for one to feel exhausted and fatigued after engaging in a physically taxing job or when they have not slept to satisfaction the previous night. But it will become abnormal when you start feeling exhausted and fatigued constantly after engaging in activities that did not tire you out previously. You should then be checked out immediately. At an advanced stage, typhoid can make you feel fatigued to the extent that you do not have the power to engage in any activity.

Some of the other symptoms include a change in the state of mind, internal bleeding, intestinal perforation, or even one experiencing gastrointestinal problems.…