Mild Dysentery

Mild Dysentery: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Mild dysentery is a contagious intestinal infection that can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, and Fever. It is usually caused by ingestion of contaminated food or water. Severe dysentery can cause dehydration and can be deadly. Mild dysentery is treatable and symptoms usually subside after a few days.

Causes of Mild Dysentery

Dysentery is caused by infection with various types of bacteria, such as Shigella, Salmonella, and E. coli. These bacteria spread through contact with food, water, or surfaces that have been contaminated by stool from someone with dysentery. It can also be spread through contact with an infected person, such as through contact with their stool. Other causes of mild dysentery include:

  • Consumption of contaminated water
  • Eating undercooked meat or seafood
  • Inadequate sanitation
  • Unsanitary preparation of food

Symptoms of Mild Dysentery

The most common symptom of mild dysentery is diarrhea, which can range from mild, watery stools to frequent, bloody stools. Other symptoms include stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, and fatigue. Mild dysentery usually lasts for a few days.

Treatment for Mild Dysentery

Mild dysentery can usually be treated with antibiotics, such as Bactrim or Flagyl. It is important to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration and to rest. If symptoms do not improve, or if the person becomes dehydrated or develops a fever, then medical attention should be sought.