Treatment + preventive measures to tackle intestinal infection due to E. coli

Treatment + preventive measures to tackle intestinal infection due to E. coli
E.coli infection can be prevented if you maintain a good personal hygiene. © Shutterstock

Do you know that E. coli is a bacteria which normally lives in the intestines of people and animals? While, some types of E. coli like E. coli O157: H7, can cause intestinal infection. Here, we brief you about the E. coli infection and about the treatment and prevention of it.

Written by Aishwarya Vaidya |Updated : October 5, 2018 10:33 AM IST

Did you experience abdominal pain or cramp after eating your yummy burger? Did you make those continuous trips to the bathroom after eating that green leafy vegetable salad? Beware! You may be suffering from an intestinal infection due to E.coli which is one of the most fatal foodborne illnesses.

You may feel fatigued, there will be a loss of appetite and you may also experience nausea, flatulence, diarrhoea, fever, abdominal cramps and bloody stools if you have an intestinal infection. And if you are suffering from severe E. coli infection you may exhibit symptoms like bloody urine, pale skin, dehydration, bruising and many more.

We list out few causes of E. coli infection

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Improper food handling can invite E. coli infection

If you forget to wash your hands thoroughly before cooking may it be at home or restaurants, you may suffer from it.

If you use utensils, spoons, dishes and vessels which are not cleaned.

If you consume food items which are left out for too long.

If you eat foods which are not stored in a right temperature.

If you eat foods which are not cooked properly or at the right temperature like poultry.

If you eat raw seafood products.

If you eat raw foods which are not washed properly.

Contaminated water: You can suffer from it if you drink contaminated water or even swim in it.

Through person-to-person contact: If an infected person touches your food you may also suffer from E. coli infection.

Your doctor will give you medications which may help you to tackle it. You will also have to rest plenty and drink a lot of water.

Preventive measures

You should wash your fruits and veggies properly

You should refrigerate your leftover items as soon as you are done with your lunch or dinner.

You should avoid drinking raw milk

You should avoid cooking if you are suffering from diarrhoea

You should see to it that you cook your food properly