E. Coli Infection (cont.)
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Treatment of infection with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria involves managing complications-mainly dehydration caused by diarrhea.
Medicines to avoid
Most people recover from E. coli infections in 5 to 10 days without the need for medicine. Antibiotics are not recommended. Tell your doctor if you think you may have E. coli infection and are taking antibiotics.
Nonprescription or prescription diarrhea medicines usually are not used to treat E. coli infection. Many antidiarrheal products slow the rate at which food and waste products move through the intestines. This may allow more time for the body to absorb the poisons produced by the bacteria, increasing the risk of complications such as severe blood and kidney problems.
Avoid these nonprescription products if you have or suspect you have an E. coli infection:
Prescription diarrhea medicines may be harmful when given to a person with E. coli infection. A doctor may prescribe one of these medicines if he or she does not know E. coli caused the diarrhea. Be sure to discuss your symptoms with your doctor. Sharing information is important to get the proper diagnosis of your condition.
Avoid these prescription medicines if you have or think you may have an E. coli infection:
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