How to Treat Cholera

  posted by: Dennis

 

treat choleraYears ago, cholera has been considered one of the most known epidemic cases which strike many people living in developing countries. Usually, it hits countries which are usually crowded such as Africa, and countries from different parts of Asia and Latin America like Haiti. In addition, the disease comes alongside other communicable diseases like tuberculosis, typhoid fever, malaria, yellow fever, dysentery, diphtheria and a lot more.

Cholera affects the body’s intestinal tract. It happens when one is afflicted with the vibrio cholera bacterium which therefore causes symptoms such as the following:

  • colorless diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • severe abdominal cramping
  • dehydration

Once faced with the situation, this can be alarming especially when it happens to young children and older adults since they are at high risk. Having said this, it is extremely necessary to learn how to treat cholera once you see the onset of symptoms. This article lists what some of the things you can do on how to go about dealing with the problem.

Home Treatment on How to Cure Cholera

Home remedies are usually focused on preventing dehydration caused by diarrhea and vomiting episodes as well as providing comfort to the sufferer. To do this, you can try to:

  • Drink coconut water to help restore potassium levels as well as other electrolytes lost as a result of the condition.
  • Another way on treating the problem through home remedies is to give the patient guava root bark. It is said to contain tannins which aid in recovery from the situation.
  • Lemon juice may also be given as well since it is rich in Vitamin C which then helps in fighting off bacteria causing the problem.
  • Home made oral rehydration solution (ORS) is also given to the patient to prevent dehydration.
  • Increasing fluid intake as well as increasing frequency of breastfeeding in children is advised to deal with the issue.

Medical Interventions on How to Treat Cholera

In instances when symptoms have gotten worse, it would be essential to seek medical attention to avoid complications. Hospital care usually revolves around treatment through antibiotics and fluid replacement which can be done by pre-packed ORS as well as intravenous fluid administration.

Finally, the best thing to top it all is to practice preventive measures to avoid being afflicted with the disease itself. Some of the steps you may take are to avoid eating food and drinking beverages from cholera-infested places. Through these simple measures, the risk of getting cholera is less likely. Good luck!

 

 

 

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Date: July 8, 2011 | Category: General Health
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