Typhoid is caused due to consumption of contaminated food but there are certain risk factors that may aggravate the condition.
Typhoid itself is a serious illness that is caused when a person consumes contaminated food or water and his immune response is weak to inhibit the bacteria. Typhoid fever and be treated with the right medication but there are certain risk factors that may blow up your thyroid to another level and create complications for you. We will talk about all such risk factors and other details about typhoid in this article. Typhoid is a bacterial infection triggered by the bacterium Salmonella typhi or S. Typhi which is commonly found in contaminated food and water. When this bacterium enters the body of a person with a weaker immune system, he/she may develop typhoid fever. This is not a contagious disease which means you won’t get typhoid after coming in contact with an infected person. Most commonly, people who don’t have access to clean water and fresh food are at the maximum risk of typhoid.
Who Can Get Typhoid?
People who are living in places with poor sanitation and hygiene conditions. This is highly common in developing countries as they are unable to provide clean water and food to a part of the residents. Area-wise, Asian, African, The Caribbean and Central and South American people are found to get typhoid more than other countries. Developed and industrialized countries like the United States of America get the lowest patients of thyroid because of cleanliness and hygiene. People who travel to the risk areas can get typhoid and such cases are seen every year with increased percentage.
Risk Factors That Can Aggravate Thyroid
If you have typhoid or you’ve had typhoid sometime back, the salmonella typhi bacterium may still be there in your body. It may expose you to typhoid fever again. Along with that, these are the risk factors that could blow up your typhoid to another level:
- Drinking contaminated water and eating stale food
- Practising poor hygiene
- Living in poor sanitation conditions
- Travelling to endemic areas where typhoid is common
- Coming in close contact with a person who has typhoid fever
- Suffering from an immunosuppressive illness like AIDS
- Living in crowded housing setup
- Having Achlorhydria condition
- Consuming raw fruits and vegetables grown with contaminated water
- Prolonged illness
- Working as a health care worker
The common symptoms of typhoid are fever, abdominal pain, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, etc. These are general symptoms that you usually get in other illnesses as well. The other symptoms are:
- Blood in stools
- Acute body aches
- Chronic fatigue
- Loss of concentration
While these symptoms are common with typhoid fever. When your typhoid worsens, you will experience the below-mentioned symptoms:
- Very high fever
- Acute headache
- Stomach pain followed by constipation and diarrhoea
- Weakness and loss of appetite
- Rashes or spots on the chest and abdomen
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