Dysentery: Prevention and Complications

Prevention Tips

Dysentery is spread as a result of poor hygiene. Some preventive measures which can be followed to reduce the spread of the disease include:
  • Wash your hands with soap and water after using the toilet and regularly throughout the day, particularly after coming into contact with an infected person
  • Avoid sharing things with the infected person
  • Wash the laundry of an infected person on the hottest setting possible
  • Do not eat or drink outside foods
  • Make sure you drink bottled water and properly boiled and cooked food

Watch Out

  • High fever and weight loss
  • Bleeding from your rectum

When to See Doctor

Consult a doctor if you experience symptoms like:
  • Watery diarrhoea that contains blood or mucus
  • Nausea or vomiting (feeling or being sick)
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Stomach cramps
  • A high temperature 

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