Dysentery is an inflammation of the intestine which would result in diarrhea with blood. Abdominal pain or cramps and fever are some of the other symptoms observed in patients. Dysentery could either be amoebic caused by amoebiasis or bacillary dysentery which is caused by bacterial infection.
HOW IS DYSENTERY DIAGNOSED?
A stool sample would be examined and tested to identify the cause of dysentery. Blood tests could also be performed to measure levels of essential minerals and salts.
HOW IS DYSENTERY TREATED?
Depending on the cause of the dysentery, a general physician will treat this disease will be treated with amoebicidal drugs or antibiotics. Antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin or TMP-SMX are usually prescribed only if the case of bacillary dysentery is very severe. Oral rehydration therapy is vital in this disease to prevent dehydration and maintain fluids in the body.
DID YOU KNOW?
With the right mode of treatment, dysentery ought to settle down in 3-4 days.