Shara Aaron, MS, RD
Salmonellosis is an infection with bacteria called
can grow in a variety of places, such as water, raw meat, seafood, certain pets, and eggs.
Salmonellosis is caused by ingestion of a strain of bacteria called salmonella. After the bacteria are ingested, within 6-48 hours
they will pass through the stomach to the intestine where inflammation occurs and spreads.
Factors that increase your chance of salmonellosis include:
Symptoms occur within 12-72 hours and may include:
You will be asked about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. Your doctor may
test your stool or blood to confirm presence of
Over-the-counter medications or oral rehydration solutions may be used to treat the symptoms of salmonellosis. The symptoms will usually improve on their own within 2-5 days. If symptoms are severe, talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include the following:
To help reduce your chance of salmonellosis:
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Last reviewed June 2016 by Marcie Sidman, MD
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