Tuesday, July 17, 2018 by Rhonda Johansson
Typhus is a rare, though potentially fatal, disease caused by the infection of one or more rickettsia bacteria. It is typically transmitted through fleas, mites, lice, or ticks that attach themselves to your skin and bite you. Scratching the bite further opens the skin and helps the bacteria gain access to the bloodstream. Once there, the bacteria reproduces further and causes greater harm.
There are three different types of typhus:
Untreated typhus can lead to serious complications. It is crucial that you see a medical professional immediately if you suspect that you may have typhus.
Symptoms of any of the typhus types typically occur within two weeks after contact. Signs include:
Severe cases can cause damage to one or more organs, including the livers, kidneys, heart, and lungs.
Typhus compromises your immune system. Regardless of which type you get, typhus damages your body’s ability to fight off everyday stresses. This is why immediate symptoms usually manifest themselves as rashes, fever, and a general sense of malaise. Left untreated, however, typhus can enter your bloodstream and wreak havoc to other organs in your body. There have been cases of typhus contributing to the onset of delirium and peripheral gangrene and necrosis.
Typhus is caught when travelling or coming into contact with an infected person. In terms of prevention, there are no food items that can safeguard you from an insect bite. It is recommended to maintain proper hygiene habits and avoid eating questionably-cooked food or drinking contaminated water.
There are, nevertheless, natural remedies that you can maximize once you are infected. These include:
Typhus is caused by an infection of one of more rickettsia bacteria.
It is usually contracted when travelling or living in an area that is overcrowded and has poor sanitation.
Typhus can resolve itself but it is highly recommended to seek medical treatment immediately to avoid any potential complications.
The disease can be fatal.
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