What are the symptoms of bacterial digestive infections?
Bacterial digestive infections cause irritation and inflammation of the intestines that may result in a number of symptoms. The symptoms can vary in intensity among individuals.
Common symptoms of bacterial digestive infections
The most common symptoms of bacterial digestive infections are related to disturbances of the digestive system and include:
- Abdominal bloating
- Abdominal pain
- Diarrhea that may be bloody
- Nausea with or without vomiting
Other symptoms of bacterial digestive infections
As a bacterial digestive infection progresses, symptoms of dehydration and other symptoms may develop including:
- Decreased urine output
- Dry skin and mucous membranes (such as dry mouth)
- Feeling very thirsty
- Fever and chills
- Muscle cramps
- Muscle weakness (loss of strength)
- Weight loss
Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition
On rare occasions, dehydration resulting from bacterial digestive infections may be so severe that a life-threatening situation can develop. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of the following symptoms:
- Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness
- Change in mental status or sudden behavior change, such as confusion, delirium, lethargy, hallucinations and delusions
- High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
- Severe abdominal pain
- Severe dizziness
What are bacterial digestive infections?
Bacterial digestive infections are diseases that affect the digestive organs as a result of ingesting of infectious bacterial organisms. Infectious bacteria scientifically known as Escherichia coli (E coli), Salmonella, and Shigella are the most common causes of bacterial digestive infections. Each of these infections causes Read more about bacterial digestive infections introduction
What causes bacterial digestive infections?
Bacterial digestive infections are most commonly caused by the bacteria Escherichia coli (E coli), Salmonella, and Shigella. Campylobacter is another type of bacteria that can cause infection of the gastrointestinal tract. The bacteria are present in the stool (feces) of infected people and animals. When water sources are contaminated with feces containing the pathogen, drinking from these water sources spreads the bacteria. Swimming in contaminated water may also result in contracting a bacterial digestive infection. For this reason, bacterial digestive infections occur most frequently in people traveling in developing countries or in children who touch infected human or animal feces... Read more about bacterial digestive infections causes
How are bacterial digestive infections treated?
Treatment for bacterial digestive infections begins with seeking medical care from your health care provider. To determine if you have a bacterial digestive infection, your health care provider may ask you to provide stool samples for laboratory tests.... Read more about bacterial digestive infections treatments