What Is Salmonella?
Salmonella is a bacterial infection that often causes food poisoning because it affects the digestive tract. Salmonella infection (called salmonellosis) is usually not serious, and most people recover within a week.
What Are Symptoms of Salmonella?
Symptoms of Salmonella usually occur within six hours to six days after consuming food or touching an animal contaminated with the bacteria and include:
What Causes Salmonella?
What Is Salmonella Commonly Found In?
Foods that commonly have Salmonella bacteria include:
- Dairy products
- Raw and undercooked meat
- Raw fruits or vegetables
- Processed foods
- Nut butters
- Frozen pot pies
- Chicken nuggets
- Stuffed chicken entrees
People can also get salmonellosis from touching certain animals, including:
What Is the Treatment for Salmonella?
Salmonella infection usually goes away on its own, and treatment may not be needed.
Antibiotics may be prescribed for patients at higher risk of serious illness, including:
- Babies under 1 year old
- Adults over 50 years of age
- People with a weak immune system
Home remedies for symptoms of Salmonella infection include:
- Drink plenty of liquids that contain water, salt, and sugar, such as water mixed with juice, soda, or broth
- Eat small amounts of food if you can
- Avoid foods high in fat, which may worsen symptoms
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