Dysentery, or shigella, is an infectious gut infection caused by bacteria.
Dysentery is spread with contaminated water or with food that is not cooked. Even food that is not properly cooked or fried can cause dysentery.
It usually takes two to three days from getting infected to getting sick.
If you get dysentery, you usually get trouble-free within a week if you receive treatment. But you can catch a long time afterwards. It is important to wash your hands as the infection spreads through people’s contact with food and water. You will be advised by your doctor on how to avoid passing the infection on.
Symptoms of dysentery
If you have dysentery, it is common for you to have the following symptoms:
- Stomach ache.
- Diarrhea containing blood and mucus.
When should I seek care?
Seek medical attention immediately if you have at the same time all three of the above symptoms.
Treatment for dysentery
It is important that you get fluid in order not to be dehydrated by the diarrhea. Usually you also receive antibiotic treatment.