These home remedies for typhoid will give you relief from the symptoms of typhoid. They are not substitutes for medication. You should consult your doctor as soon as the symptoms of typhoid appear to enable proper treatment.
Typhoid fever commonly known as typhoid is a serious condition which should not be taken lightly as it can turn into a life threatening condition if not treated well.
Typhoid is a bacterial disease caused by salmonella typhi bacteria in the intestinal tract and bloodstream. The bacteria can enter your intestine through contaminated water, food or from other infected people.
It finds its way to the bloodstream mainly affecting lymph nodes, gallbladder, spleen and liver. It can also affect other parts of the body.
Typhoid is more prevalent in the developing world where hygiene conditions are still not up to the mark.
If you do not get alert and get the right treatment at this stage then other symptoms such as severe diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, loss of appetite, blood in the stools, chills, hallucinations, fluctuating mood and nosebleeds etc. will force you to visit your doctor.
With proper medications these Symptoms usually improve within 2 to 4 weeks. Following home remedies for typhoid fever will provide you additional relief.
5 Effective Home Remedies for Typhoid Fever
Typhoid creates havoc in your body. On one side you intermittently develop high temperatures and on the other side you lose body fluids and electrolytes due to diarrhea and vomiting. Both these conditions make you very weak and fragile. These two aspects of typhoid should be immediately addressed.
1. Keep Body Temperature Under Control by Cold Compress
Cold compress will keep your body temperature under control. Even if you are taking conventional medicines to reduce fever the temperature will still shoot up. You will have to keep it under control and cold compress is the best remedy to reduce fever.
- Dip a washcloth in cold water. Wring out excess water and place it on your forehead
- Keep it on the forehead for 30 second and recharge the washcloth will fresh cold water dip
- Repeat the process until the temperature falls.
You may also require to sponge your armpits, groin area, hands and feet to keep the body temperature under control.
2. Increase Fluid Intake to Regain Lost Water and Electrolytes
You will get dehydrated due to diarrhea and vomiting. The best dehydration remedy is to increase fluid intake. Make sure you drink bottled mineral water or boiled water to ensure that no additional bacteria enter your body through water contamination.
- Drink a glass of water every one hour as a routine
- Consume fruit and vegetable juices 2-3 times a day
- Add a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of sugar to every glass of water you drink
These oral rehydration solution (ORS) combinations and juices will help you to regain lost water and electrolytes.
The fluid intake will also improve bowel moment and you will slowly get rid of diarrhea as the combinations of increased fluid intake and antibiotics you are taking begin to produce results.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar to Reduce Fever
Apple cider vinegar helps both in reducing fever as well as in replenishing the lost electrolytes due to diarrhea and vomiting. You can use Apple cider vinegar in both external application as well as in internal consumption to reduce fever.
- Add Apple cider vinegar to the water of the cold compress as explained in point 1 above. Apple Cider Vinegar act as a catalyst to expedite fever reduction
- Add Apple cider vinegar to water in 1:2 ratio and drink it. It will replenish lost water and electrolytes as well as help in reducing fever
With better re-hydration and improved bowel movements with the above 3 remedies for typhoid, your nausea and vomiting will reduce and ultimately you will completely stop vomiting .
4. Eat Banana to Control Diarrhea and Regain Lost Electrolytes
Banana is rich in potassium and cantreat diarrhea by absorbing fluids in the intestine. Bananas are ready to eat fruit. Eating one or two bananas a day will greatly help in reducing symptoms of typhoid.
Make sure the banana you eat is just ripe enough to eat. Overripe banana is not as good as the ripe banana for digestion and diarrhea control.
You can mash banana in yogurt and eat. Good bacteria in yogurt will additionally help digestion.
5. Garlic to Combat Bacteria
Garlic has antimicrobial properties that help kill bad bacteria in the stomach. Eat a couple of raw garlic cloves before food. This may not be easy for most people due to its pungent smell. In that case, you can add garlic paste to a mashed banana to eat raw garlic.
- Grind 2 cloves of garlic to make a paste
- Mash one banana and add the prepared garlic paste
- Mix it well
- Eat it with spoon
It takes 2-4 weeks for the typhoid fever to go. It can relapse if the bacteria is still present. Therefore, it is very important to complete the antibiotic medicine as recommended and use the home remedies to improve immunity and expedite recovery process.
Remember, you have double responsibility to treat your typhoid as well as to ensure that you do not spread typhoid. Maintain proper hygiene and sanitation to avoid spreading typhoid bacteria to others.