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5 Best Home Remedies For Typhoid Fever

Typhoid or typhoid fever is caused by salmonella typhoid bacteria. This bacterial infection causes high fever and gastrointestinal problems. People usually get typhoid through the consumption of contaminated water or food. The symptoms can range from body ache to the loss of appetite. Some people might also get a skin rash or pink spots with the fever. Major reasons responsible for typhoid can be poor sanitation and unhygienic conditions. The high fever can reach up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit; one may need to get admitted in the hospital if the fever is not brought down by medicines. A typhoid vaccine can help prevent a person from getting infected by the bacteria for a few years but it is still necessary to eat healthy and nutritional food which is free from any kind of infection. There are several medications available for people who suffer from this disease; however one can also refer to home remedies for typhoid fever

1. Drink lots of fluids

Diseases like typhoid often lead to dehydration; therefore, the patient should at all times keep themselves hydrated by drinking lots of fluids. The fluids can be water, fresh fruit juices, herbal tea, etc. Water is known as elixir of life. It helps us stay hydrated and it is extremely important for maintaining water levels for a healthy and disease-free life. Typhoid might cause diarrhea, therefore intake of fresh juices will help in getting rid of toxins and other waste materials from the body. It also provides the required nutrients to boost the immune system and fight the bacterial infection.home remedies for typhoid fever: Fresh juices help in staying hydrated during typhoid

2. Garlic

Garlic is bestowed with a wide variety of health benefits and can be extremely helpful for curing typhoid fever. It contains antioxidants and acts as blood purifier. It helps the kidney flush out unwanted substances from the body; thus, cleansing the system. However, it is should be consumed raw or semi-cooked to make the most of its benefits. It fosters the healing process and boosts immunity of the person suffering from typhoid fever. It works great as one of the home remedies for typhoid fever.Garlic has anti-inflammatory properties that help aid typhoid fever
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3. Basil

Basil is a popular herb which eases inflammation and joint pains which are common with home remedies for typhoid fever. It is also included in many Ayurvedic medicines and is said to cure many diseases including malaria. It can be infused with tea or can be boiled with water or consumed with honey by the person suffering from typhoid. It can also be infused with ginger juice or black pepper for quick relief. The antibacterial properties of basil help in removing the bacteria that causes typhoid.Basil helps with joint pain during typhoid fever

4. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has acidic properties and is a good home remedy for typhoid fever. It brings high fever down as it draws out heat from the body of the person suffering from typhoid. It contains minerals which are extremely important for a person who is sick and is losing nutrients because of diarrhea.Apple cider’s acidic properties help with typhoid fever

5. Cold compress:

A person down with typhoid suffers from high fever which stays for days; therefore, it is very important to maintain a normal body temperature. This can achieved with the help of a cold compress which is a cloth damp with cold water. It is then put on the patient’s forehead, armpits, feet and hands. However, the water used in this process should not be too cold and the cloth should be changed from time to time for best results.
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10 Home Remedies for Typhoid!

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Typhoid fever is a bacterial infection caused by contaminated water or food. It affects the intestinal tract and then spread to the bloodstream. It is caused by the bacteria Salmonella typhoid. Poor hygienic conditions, unsafe drinking water, and contaminated food are the usual causes of typhoid. Fever, headaches, abdominal pain and weakness are the primary symptoms. With the progression of the disease, delirium, hallucinations, chills, enlarged liver and nosebleeds might also surface. To promote quicker recovery, use home remedies with regular medication for the best results. Here are some of the time-tested home remedies for typhoid.

Increase Fluid Intake

To prevent dehydration, keep sipping on fluids. Staying hydrated also helps in the timely elimination of waste materials and toxins from the body. Apart from water, have fruit juices, coconut water, and soups.

Use Cold Compresses

To combat high fever, use cold compresses to bring down the temperature. Sponge off armpits, feet, groin, and hands. Applying cold compresses on the extremities brings down the temperature most effectively.

Drink ORS

Ensure that you have WHO recommended ORS. Buy sachets from any chemist or keep deliciously flavored tetra packs at home. You can even make at home by mixing sugar and salt in a liter of boiled water.

Have Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar helps to maintain a proper pH in the body. It draws out heat from the skin and therefore, reduces the body temperature. The loss of minerals because of diarrhea is compensated by having apple cider vinegar. Mix a teaspoon in water. Add honey if needed. Drink before meals. Read more about the health benefits of apple cider vinegar

Basil

The holy basil is antibiotic and antimicrobial. Add basil to boiled water and drink three to four cups daily. Basil boosts immunity and calms the tummy. Or you can 4-5 basil/ tulsi leaves to make a paste. Add pepper powder to this paste and a few strands of saffron or Kesar. Mix all these and divide them into three parts. Have this mixture after every meal. Read more on the health benefits of tulsi (Basil).

Garlic

Garlic speeds up recovery from typhoid due to its anti oxidative properties. It boosts immunity and detoxifies the body. Eat two cloves on an empty stomach. This is not conducive for pregnant women and children. Also, read 10 health benefits of garlic.

Bananas

Bananas have pectin, a soluble fiber that helps the intestines absorb fluids, thus curing diarrhea. Potassium in the fruit helps in replacing the electrolytes lost through loose motions. It is one of the best things to eat when having typhoid.

Triphala Churan

This is an essential ayurvedic churan that shows positive effects on fever and typhoid. It hampers the growth of Salmonella typhoid. Chemists provide this in the form of powder and tablets.

Cloves

Cloves fight against bacteria that cause typhoid. Boil water with cloves, strain in a cup and have two cups daily.

Pomegranates

Pomegranates are an effective home remedy against typhoid. It helps in preventing dehydration. Have it as a fruit or take out the juice.

Consult a doctor and use the home remedies as an adjunct therapy. With proper rest, light food, clean water, and patience, the patient will recover quickly.

The use of botanical raw materials to produce pharmaceuticals, herbal remedies, dietary supplements and many industrial materials constitute an important global resource in terms of healthcare and economy. In Nigeria and other developing countries, the indigenous knowledge on the uses of plants lies mainly with the elders who are decreasing in number due to death and other unforeseen occurrences. An ethnology-botanical survey was carried out to obtain information on the ethnology medicinal plants used by the people of Gombe State, northeastern Nigeria, in curing enteric fever. Oral interviews were conducted and 34 informants availed themselves for the interview and were consulted. All relevant information obtained from the respondents was recorded. Valid nomenclature, along with local names, family names, part of the plant(s) used, methods of preparation and administration and 54 plant species belonging to 27 families as well as 7 unidentified species that are commonly used by the people of the state in ethnological treatment of the ailment were documented. Those interviewed included traditional practitioners, local herb sellers, traditional rulers, hunters, farmers and patients. Results showed that the people of Gombe State are knowledgeable on herbal medicine in the treatment of diseases and ailments. However, further scientific validation of the traditional claims of anti-typhoid properties is imperative. This would establish their candidature for any possible future research for active principles and the possible development of new cheaper and more effective anti-typhoid drugs, as well as in the conservation of this rich diversity of medicinal plants.

Natural And Home Treatments for Typhoid Fever II

TYPHOID fever can be life-threatening if it is not detected and treated at the early stages. With an early treatment, typhoid fever usually resolves within two to four weeks without any form of complications. However, if wrong diagnosis is done or if the treatment is incomplete, the typhoid fever may relapse and may also lead to complications.

Studies have shown that in the third to the fourth week of untreated enteric fever, nearly one-third of the patients develop sever complications, such as intestinal bleeding, holes in the large and small intestines, which often results in a life-threatening medical emergency known as peritonitis, a condition where the content of the small and large intestines may leak into the abdominal cavity. It has been observed that 20 per cent cases of untreated typhoid fever patients die after about the third week of the salmonella typhi exposure, and in most cases, the death is usually due to gastrointestinal bleeding, bowel perforation and peritonitis.

Other complication that may result from an untreated or poorly treated typhoid fever include infections of the urinary tract, kidneys and kidney failure, gallbladder, bones (osteomyelitis), septic arthritis, infection and inflammation of the heart muscles (endocarditis), spinal cord and the brain (meningitis), pneumonia, splenic and hepatic abscesses, shock, psychotic behaviour, etc. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment of typhoid fever reduces the risk of complications and fatality rate.

However, it is important to note that similar conditions that mimic enteric fever, such as malaria, hepatitis, amoebiasis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, etc must be ruled out or excluded first. Also, it should be known that relapse is very common with typhoid fever and children respond better to typhoid therapies than the elderly.

Natural And Home Treatments For Typhoid Fever In uncomplicated cases of typhoid fever (salmonella infections), the patient is usually given a sponge bath at room temperature using the infusion or the decoction of any of these fever-reducing herbs: Fever plant (Ocimum gratissimum); lemon grass (Cymbopogon citrates); Nigeria senna (Cassia occidental-is); neem (Azadirachta indica); local catnip (Solenostemun monostachyus); etc to help lower the high body temperature, especially in children.

At the same time, an infusion or the decoration of any of the herbs can be given as a retention enema to help cleanse the bowels and further lower the body temperature.

Alternatively, cold water compresses may be applied to the head or all over the body to help bring down the body temperature. If the typhoid gives rise to diarrhea, this may result in loss of body fluid, water-soluble vitamins and therefore, dehydration. This loss is usually compensated by giving the patient copious amounts of fluids in the form of tender coconut water as an oral re hydration therapy (ORT), plenty of orange juice, fresh apple juice and fresh paw-paw peels soaked in clean water, banana and milk shake.

A vegetable broth made from vegetables, such as carrot, celery, onion, ginger, fever plant, spinach, etc are equally beneficial to the patients with salmonella infection. In addition to the above prescriptions, the patient is also given herbal teas (infusions) or the decoration of herbs that have antimicrobial activities, such as: A mixture of stone breaker (Phyllanthus nuriri) and Balsam pear (Momordica charantia).

A mixture of Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globules), African Mistletoe (Loranthus falcatus) and Vervain (Stachytarpheta indica). A mixture of lemon grass (Cosmogony cit rates), bark of Alstonia boonei, whole limes fruit, grapefruits, unripe papaw and pineapples fruits and garlic cloves. A decoration of Neem leaves, bark or root. Other antimicrobial herbs that are also useful in the treatment of typhoid fever are Dandelion, Echinacea, Myrrh, Golden seal, Yarrow, Sage, Bone set and Chamomile.

A combination of golden seal root, myrrh and cayenne is available in capsules and is sold as food supplement in most health stores for typhoid fever therapy. Depending on the severity of infection, most natural therapies may last for up to three weeks or more. During the therapy, the patients should avoid: Red meat.

Egg and other protein-rich food, except after recovery from the illness. This is because the digestive system of most typhoid fever patients is weak when the infection is active. Rather, the diet should consist mainly of: Fruit and vegetable juices. Wholesome and easily digestible carbohydrates. A complete bed rest during the treatment may be imperative and pure air and good ventilation is essential. Prevention Of Typhoid fever The first line of action in the effective prevention of typhoid fever is to avoid the lifestyle habits that weaken those innate protective mechanisms or immunity. Such lifestyle habits like: Excessive intake of “junk” foods.

Excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages. Cigarette smoking. Indiscriminate use of antibiotics and other drugs. The control and prevention of typhoid fever should also start with personal hygiene. Hands must be properly washed with clean water and soap immediately after using the toilet and before eating. Studies have shown that Salmonellae typhoid can survival in water and multiply and grow in polluted water during hot weathers.

For these reasons, water drinking and water for domestic uses (such as for cooking foods, washing of cooking utensils, washing of vegetables, fruits, etc.) must be boiled and filtered properly before use. For those who can afford it, bottled water may be better. Drinking or eating (e.g. foods, salads, etc) in unreliable and unhygienic places should be avoided.

Fresh vegetables for preparing foods and salads should be sterilized before use, especially if they are from unknown sources. Fresh meat should be refrigerated and if frozen, it should be thawed and cooked as soon as possible. Sea foods, poultry and other foods rich in protein should not be prepared and left for hours at room temperature before eating, as this may provide fertile ground for the spread of salmonellae.

All food handlers should be screened regularly to isolate those who are carriers and those who are infected with Salmonellae typhoid. Carriers should not be allowed to handle foods until they are properly treated. Human fecal waste matters should be disposed of properly and public water supplies must be protected from contamination and should be treated adequately.

Medically, anti-typhoid vaccines are available for immunization against salmonella. In some chronic cases of typhoid fever, the removal of the gallbladder has proven to be necessary and effective in eliminating the bacteria.

What is the remedy about?

Typhoid fever is a common bacterial infection of the intestinal tract and bloodstream. It mostly occurs through contaminated food and water and once affected can take a real toll on your body. Typhoid usually affects a person with fever, weakness, headache and abdominal pain. Severe diarrhea, vomiting, and constipation are also common occurrences. Antibiotics are used to treat the disease and you can use these home remedies to control them to an extent.

  1. Cold Compresses
    Typhoid is accompanied by fever and when you have a high fever, cold compress your body to lower the temperature. Soak a clean cloth in cool water and discard the remains of water and pace it on your forehead. In some cases, you can use rubbing alcohol too if you are not getting the desired results with cool water. Do not do this frequently as water may sometimes worsen the situation.
  2. Increase Fluid Intake
    You may be dehydrated due to high fever and diarrhea and hence you have to increase your fluid intake. It will keep your body hydrated and will also encourage elimination of toxins from your body. Drink about 8 to 10 glasses of water daily. Also remember to boil the water whenever you drink it. You can also opt for herbal teas, fruit juices and glucose water.
  3. Homemade ORS
    ORS (Oral rehydration solution) is also the best way to replenish your lost fluidity. This drastically prevents dehydration and reduces the intensity of typhoid symptoms. You can use the ORS packets available in the health stores which have been approved by the WHO. In case you want to make them at home, mix a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of sugar to a glass of water and drink it. You can drink this several times a day to avoid dehydration.

Are there any side effects?

Typhoid fever has to be carefully dealt with and though these home remedies do not cause any side effects, the guidelines should be followed sincerely. Do not use homemade ORS in high quantities and intake it as per the prescribed limits. In some rare cases they may not be suitable for you. The cold press should be done with purified and treated water. Maintain hygiene while preparing herbal teas or juices. Avoid consuming very cold fluids, as these can cause fever. If you don’t see any improvement in your condition, get in touch with a doctor soon.

What are the post-remedy guidelines?

Getting exposed to cold weathers can be harmful after undertaking such home remedies. Instead, relax in a warm dry place till the symptoms subside. Drink plenty of water to hydrate your body sufficiently, and it is best to stick with a soft or liquid diet as per the advice of the physician. Avoid strenuous activities as your body would be weak from the ailment. These remedies are simply additional means to keep the symptoms of typhoid under control. Do go in for a checkup if your condition is not improving.

How long does it take to recover?

Complete recovery of typhoid may take a week to 10 days and depends on how severe your symptoms are. You have to take complete rest while undergoing these home remedies. In case of any doubt, seek medical advice without delay. Ask your doctor about the kind of foods you should consume to enhance your energy levels.

Are the results of the remedy permanent?

Typhoid instances occur rarely and if you have taken proper precautions, then the chances of getting it are nil. Take adequate steps to ensure that your skin stays hydrated at all times. Drink plenty of liquids. Avoid antibiotics as far as possible and use them only if the doctor prescribes. You can opt to undergo these treatment methods whenever possible even after you are free of the symptoms, as they are extremely safe for your health.

Is there any training or experts required?

Know your body type well before starting these remedies and also know your allergic levels for certain herbs. Make sure you don’t consume cold beverages, as they can cause fever. Use the right amount of ORS as prescribed by a doctor. If your situation worsens, contact a physician immediately.

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