Bacterial infection in stomach is a common infection. As the name suggests, it is caused by bacteria, this infection can be contracted when you eat or drink contaminated food or water, or if you are in close contact with bacteria infested object, or a person. The main reason for bacterial infection in stomach is due to poor hygienic facilities available at community level and maintaining poor hygiene at personal level.
Bacterial Infection in Stomach Symptoms
Most of the bacterial infections in stomach are contagious.
The onset of symptoms and severity of symptoms depends on the size of infecting dose of bacteria. Common symptoms of bacterial infection in stomach are:
- Pain in stomach with cramps in the stomach
- Gastritis, with retrosternal burning and waterbrash
- Dark or black color of stool.
- Cramps in abdomen.
- Stomach ulcer.
- Aggravation of pain in stomach after intake of food.
- Vomiting and nausea.
- Weight loss.
- General feeling of tiredness.
- Mucus in stools.
Bacterial Infection in Stomach Causes
Bacterial infection is stomach can be broadly classified as gastrointestinal infection or even stomach flu for that matter, because most of the times, intestine also gets affected. There are number of bacteria responsible for causing stomach infection these are E.
Bacterial Infection in Stomach Treatment
Bacterial infection in stomach can lead to serious health problems when they are not taken care of promptly. It can cause stomach ulcers and in the long run stomach cancer.
Seeking medical advice is the wise thing you should do as diarrhea can debilitate the person and cause dehydration.
Infection in stomach can be avoided if you follow the preventive measures.
- Wash your hands with antibacterial soap, especially after using the lavatory. If you are in public place and water is not available, use of hand sanitizer is recommended.
- Avoid touching your face and mouth as they are the entry point for the bacteria.
- Lavatory chains and door knobs may be contaminated even before hand washing is possible. Hence use paper towel or tissue paper for opening and closing public toilets.
- Avoid eating unhygienic street food.
- Strengthen your immunity by eating food that contains plenty of vitamin C, A and B complex.
- Curd and yogurt which contain good bacteria are helpful in bacterial stomach infection.
- Use of electrolyte solutions to prevent dehydration.
- In severe dehydration, it may be necessary to get admitted in a hospital for intravenous fluids administration.