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Typhoid recurrence or carrier of typhoid - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   Hi doctor
User :   ya
User :   my wife tested positive for typphoid witha widal of 1:240
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User :   she was admitted in the hospital fed with injections for two days
User :   then asked to take zanosin,monocef and supredyne for 8days
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User :   then she was asked to stop that with a widal showing 1:120
User :   stop medicines
User :   is this the right practice
Doctor :   The medicines that the doctor gave you are correct

User :   ok
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and the days of medicine is the same i.e is the course of treatment
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The Doctor mainly looks at the Serology titres in the blood when treating Typhoid
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which are likke 1: 40; 1: 80 ; 1: 160 etc
User :   my question is given the resurfacing of the problem although intensity not known the duration should have been more
User :   please go ahead
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I did not understand your saying here
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my question is given the resurfacing of the problem although intensity not known the duration should have been more
Doctor :   Is it a recurrent typhoid
User :   my wife after stopping medicine for 9 days is showing symtoms of problems minor which she had when she had typphoid now i have yet to consult the doctor
User :   but shoudnt the duration of medicines be more
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Ok I understood
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The tites that you mentioned above were recent, right?
User :   yes
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When was the last time she had typhoid fever
User :   she had last had before today on 24th august then with regular injections and medicines it came down ansd was comfortable
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When antibiotics are used, typhoid fever lasts only 3 to 5 days
Doctor :   Complete recovery may take weeks or months.
Doctor :   In 10 to 20% of people given antibiotics, the infection recurs, typically about 1 week after treatment is stopped.
User :   yes so she should have been on tablets longer i feel
Doctor :   Now the direct answer to your question
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This infection is milder than the initial illness and is treated the same way
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and same duration
User :   so doc our doc did the right thing by stopping it after 8-9 days
Doctor :   yes
User :   thanks doc
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There is something called carrier state where the typhoid bacterium
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with out causing any symptoms
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those cases are treated for long by 3 to 4 weeks
User :   we dont know thus was crosschecking. so our doc did the right thing right doctor
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User :   thanks
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A typhoid fever carrier is defined as a person who excretes S. Typhi in the stool at 12 months following acute illness
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