During typhoid fever, what type of food should the patients consume?

Typhoid fever is caused by Salmonella Typhi bacteria. It can be a life threatening illness if it is not treated on time. Typhoid fever spreads through food and water contamination. There are approximately 350-400 cases of typhoid reported every year in the United States alone. Three quarters of these are acquired due to international travel. In the developing world, where typhoid fever is still alarmingly common, there are more than 20 million cases reported every year. Typhoid food, or a diet in typhoid, is especially planned to ensure that the body is supplied adequately with nutrition, proper proteins are available for the rejuvenation of the body system and water and electrolyte proportion is balanced.

Typhoid fever can be cured with antibiotics. There are also typhoid fever vaccines available. It is important to know the Typhoid fever vaccine side effects and symptoms. Just like any other vaccine, the vaccine of typhoid fever, too, can cause some problems. Sometimes, they may me small, but some side effects can be quite serious, like a severe allergic reaction. However, the risk that the typhoid fever vaccine will cause death or any serious harm is considerably small. The typhoid fever vaccine can be administered in two different ways. In the first way, the vaccine is inactivated and is given in the form of an injection. The second is the live typhoid fever which is given orally. In both the cases, a serious problem occurs only very rarely. For the inactivated typhoid fever vaccine, it is possible to experience mild reactions as follows:

  1. Experiencing headache (a maximum of about 3% people experience this)
  2. Fever (a maximum of about 1% people experience this)
  3. Swelling and redness at the injection spot (a maximum of about 7% people experience this)
For the live oral typhoid fever vaccine, it is possible to experience mild reactions as follows:
  • Experiencing headache (a maximum of about 5% people experience this)
  • Fever (a maximum of about 5% people experience this)
  • nausea, vomiting, rash or abdominal discomfort (extremely rare)

A proper diet does play a major role in returning to normal health and vitality during any disease, but mainly so in typhoid, as it is an intestinal illness. In order to follow a typhoid food diet, you should have only small meals. However, you should have these small meals frequently. You should try to increase your liquid intake. It is important to have soft food. The typhoid food restrictions do not allow a patient to have hard and spicy food stuffs. Try to have mushy bland food that can easily be digested by the body. Do not put too much strain on the digestive system. As the digestive system of the patient becomes weak during typhoid, the typhoid remedies do not recommend a patient to eat any food that may be high in tough fibers. Fats should also be avoided. However, the body requires fats for energy as well. Hence, it is best to have light emulsified fats such as butter and cream can be given to the patient as these are easily digested.

It is also important to ensure that the liquid intake in the body is increased. This will allow the body to naturally expel the body toxins. Also, the patient needs to replenish all the electrolyte loss that he suffers due to the sweating during typhoid. Hence, it is important to also include salty juices, diluted fruit juices, electrolytes, broth and milk in the patient's diet. vitamins A, B and C can also be given to the patient. Milk and eggs which are very high in Protein should also be given to the patient.

answered by G R

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