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Can you get dysentery from soapy dishes that are not rinsed thoroughly?

My husband and mother think you can get a stomach ailment if all the soap is not rinsed off dishes? Is this true. I tried researching on line and no where does it say dysentery is caused by clean soapy water.

Absolutely not. Dysentery is most commonly caused by a bacterial infection and washed dishes aren't going to have them in sufficient numbers to cause it.

In any case, dysentery in a modern Western-style country is really rare and the only victims I've ever seen contracted it in Third World countries.

In practice if you touch the dishes after washing them and have unwashed faecally contaminated hands, you could give the diner diarrhoea. Likewise, if you dry the dishes with an unwashed cloth it could be so loaded with pathogenic bacteria that it could make the diner very unwell. Even then, diarrhoea is very different in severity to dysentery.

The worst that may happen with a soapy dish is that an excess of soapy deposits could cause a stomach upset, but you'd need there to be so much soap that it would make the food completely unpalatable.  (+ info)

I have dysentery, what should I do to ease the stomach pain?

A few days ago i got dysentery. I threw up a bit, got a short fever, and got diarrhea (im not gonna give ya details for your sake. =P). But worst of all is the stomach pain. Sometimes it hurts so much I feel like screaming. My uncle, who's a doctor who specializes in diseases like this, gave me these stomoch pills. He said to take two of them if my stomach really hurts. But other than that, what should I do to ease the pain?

Stomach pain how terrible!!! The best thing to do is to keep the mid section of your body warm. Drink luke-warm boiled water and sip it. It may sound crazy but even after a diarrhea attack still eat and drink but in small amounts. Your body loses so much water, and your stomach never stops creating acid. Your stomach needs food constantly to break down or else it will eat away at the lining and make your cramps even worse. if you take pain killers make sure you have something to eat before you take them or else they have a real bad effect. Lie down and have a hot water bottle or an electric blanket on. Make sure there`s nothing around that stresses you out. Take note of your breathing listen to your self breathe, think of yourself floating away to somewhere nice. Usually digestive disorders are all due to stress of some kind. So you might wanna find what your overdoing or lacking. Sip some peppermint or chamomile tea anything containing caffeine is not good for stomach cramps. Even if you are in alot of pain try and repeat to yourself I can get through this..Oh and as someone else suggested take some Mylanta that really helps! After a diarrhea attack follow this diet

The BRAT diet


If you follw this diet your stomach should settle....All the best  (+ info)

What is amoebic dysentery and how do you cure it?

I went to Mexico and come back in bad pain. Doc says that this is what I got, but I am too embarresed to ask what it is?

straight from wikipedia:

Dysentery is an illness involving severe diarrhea that is often associated with blood in the feces. It is caused by ingestion of food containing bacteria, causing a disease in which inflammation of the intestines affect the body significantly. There are two major types: shigellosis, which is caused by one of several type of Shigella bacteria; and amoebic dysentery, which is caused by the amoeba Entamoeba histolytica.

Amoebic dysentery is transmitted by contaminated water, and is well known as a "travellers dysentery" because of its prevalence in developing nations, or "Montezuma's Revenge" (particularly in Mexico), although it is occasionally seen in industrialized countries. Liver infection, and subsequent amoebic abscesses can occur. It can be treated with metronidazole or related azole drugs.

In adults, dysentery caused by bacteria usually subsides spontaneously. But in children, and other vulnerable groups, the condition can be treated with antibiotics. However, Shigella dysenteriae type 1 (Sd1) has, in recent years, become increasingly resistant to drug treatments. Among people who have become dehydrated as a result of the disease, the key is to replenish their fluid stocks as quickly as possible. This can be done using oral rehydration salts or intravenous fluids. Amoebic dysentery is usually treated with a combination of drugs. These include an amoebicide to kill the parasite, an antibiotic to treat any associated bacterial infection, and a drug to combat infection of the liver and other tissues. Aslo herbal methods are useful to.  (+ info)

How to get recovery from chronic dysentery. Please advice?

My age is 35 years. I've been suffering with chronic dysentery. As a result of this dysentery, my health is being weak. I feel always nervous. I fail to work properly due to my weakness. When I use toilet, I evacuate stool with mucous. Please advice how to get recovery immediately from this bad disease.
Your cooperation is highly appreciated.

Amebiasis is infection with Entamoeba histolytica. It is commonly asymptomatic, but mild diarrhea to severe dysentery may occur. Extraintestinal infections include liver abscesses. Diagnosis is by identifying E. histolytica in stool specimens or by serologic tests. Treatment for symptomatic disease is with metronidazole or tinidazole followed by paromomycin or other drugs active against cysts in the lumen.
Complications of Amebiasis:-
* Liver abscess
* Medication side effects, including nausea
* Spread of the parasite through the blood to the liver, lungs, brain, or other organs
Colon cancer often causes no symptoms until it has reached a relatively advanced stage. Thus, many organizations recommend periodic screening for the disease with fecal occult blood testing and colonoscopy.
Consult a Gastro enterologist.
Please see the web pages for more details on Dysentery and Colorectal cancer.  (+ info)

What are the symptoms of chronic Dysentery?

What are the symptoms of chronic Dysentery?
And why doesn't it always appear in stool test?
Mine appeared "cysts" what does this mean?
And I saw a small worm in the poo...
And can it cause through time if left untreated??
And what sort of antibiotics should I take?
I’ve been suffering for 3 month now plz anybody heeeeeeeeeeeeeelp

Here are some of the symptoms
# Abdominal pain
# Tenesmus
# Bloody stool
# Mucus in stool
# Intestine inflammation
# Colon inflammation
# Nausea
# Vomiting
# Abdominal cramping
# Fever
If you want to know more you could go on http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/d/dysentery/symptoms.htm  (+ info)

Any way to cure puking and dysentery?

I woke up this morning puking then and now I have dysentery and I am still puking. Any cures? Please help!

Hi Soccer chick.

Vomiting and diarrhoea are normal and healthy ways for the body to get rid of unacceptable things. It is clear you have either taken foods or drinks which are not compatible with your system. If you avoid the offending substances your diarrhoea and vomiting will settle down without any medications.

However, if you need medications please go to your pharmacist and ask for any anti emetic. Anti emetics are group of medications which help control vomiting. Maxolon is one such example.

Ask for anti diarrhoeals for your diarrhoea. Lomotil is one such example.  (+ info)

What is the difference between amoebic dysentery and bacillary dysentery?

I've been waiting so long for someone to ask this question.

Amoebic dysentery (amoebiasis) is an infection of the intestine (gut) caused by an amoeba called Entamoeba histolytica, which, among other things, can cause severe diarrhoea. It is usually through contaminated food and water. It is from Amoebae that spread by forming infective cysts which can be found in stools and spread if whoever touches them does not sanitise their hands. There are also free amoebae, or trophozoites as well.

Bacillary dysentery is caused by bacteria often Shigella and is more common. It is also most prevalent in unhygienic areas of the Tropics, but, because it is easily spread, sporadic outbreaks are common in all parts of the world. This dysentery is usually self-limiting and rarely manifests the more severe organ involvements characteristic of amoebic dysentery.

Here is some more information.

Let me know if this takes care of you.  (+ info)

How many people have been infected by Dysentery?

I have a science report and I cant find out how many people have been infected by Dysentery

You probably can't find info specifically about it because dysentery is not 1 specific infection. It's pretty much any bacteria/virus/fungi/parasite that causes diarrhea.  (+ info)

What was the treatment for dysentery in the 17th century?

I need help on my homework that's why. No I am not cheating, I just can't find anything about that on the internet. Answers would be great. Thank you, much appreciate it =)

Look for medical treatments in the 17th century in general--those same treatmenst were all they had--there wasn't anything specific for dysentery except for herbals etc to help bowels in general.  (+ info)

What is the difference between patients with dysentery and those with Gastroenteritis?

Dysentery (formerly known as flux or the bloody flux) is an inflammatory disorder of the intestine, especially of the colon, that results in severe diarrhea containing mucus and/or blood in the feces with fever and abdominal pain.If left untreated, dysentery can be fatal.

Gastroenteritis (also known as gastric flu, although unrelated to influenza) is inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, involving both the stomach and the small intestine (see also gastritis and enteritis) and resulting in acute diarrhea. It can be transferred by contact with contaminated food and water. The inflammation is caused most often by an infection from certain viruses or less often by bacteria, their toxins, parasites, or an adverse reaction to something in the diet or medication. Worldwide, inadequate treatment of gastroenteritis kills 5 to 8 million people per year, and is a leading cause of death among infants and children under 5

At least 50% of cases of gastroenteritis due to foodborne illness are caused by norovirus. Another 20% of cases, and the majority of severe cases in children, are due to rotavirus. Other significant viral agents include adenovirus and astrovirus.

Different species of bacteria can cause gastroenteritis, including Salmonella, Shigella, Staphylococcus, Campylobacter jejuni, Clostridium, Escherichia coli, Yersinia, Vibrio cholerae, and others. Some sources of the infection are improperly prepared food, reheated meat dishes, seafood, dairy, and bakery products. Each organism causes slightly different symptoms but all result in diarrhea. Colitis, inflammation of the large intestine, may also be present.

Risk factors include consumption of improperly prepared foods or contaminated water and travel or residence in areas of poor sanitation. It is also common for river swimmers to become infected during times of rain as a result of contaminated runoff  (+ info)

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