Reasons why you Should not Treat Typhoid Fever Anyhow

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A fever that goes as high as 40°C may be a sign that you are down with typhoid fever, many hospitals and patients do misplaced typhoid with malaria symptoms and in vast majority of cases, what hospital test for especially in Nigeria hospitals once you lodge any health complaints or issue are widal and MP tests. 

Typhoid fever are caused by salmonella typhi, a stubborn and fastidious microorganisms that can be found on surfaces, water and food due to poor hygiene. 

Sometimes you may suffer abdominal pains and you think you have typhoid but maybe you just need to deworm, but, in this part of Africa, once you have any sharp abdominal discomfort, some hospital diagnosis it as typhoid.

Typhoid fevers are not common illness as you think they are, but some hospitals had made it looks as a common illness. A sick person who goes for test or have health issues, the two common test they will do for such person are widal and MP, but majority of the time, the fellow may be having malaria fever and not typhoid. 

Malaria fever and typhoid fever may be symptomatically look alike but they aren't the same, one common symptom or sign of malaria fever especially among Africans is having a feel of bitter taste and for typhoid fever, defecating black stool. 

It's possible you may have abdominal pains if you have malaria but it has become norms that abdominal discomfort are typhoid symptoms which is a typical 'NO'. 

Not all bitter taste may be taken for malaria and not all black stools maybe taken for typhoid. An ulcer patient can have black stool and someone who is stressed up may suffer from loss of appetite which can lead to feeling of bitter taste, other factors also may cause loss of appetite aside malaria. 

Other symptoms of typhoid includes; pain in the abdomen or muscles, gastrointestinal problems such as bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, nausea, or vomiting, body weakness, fatigue, fever, chills, loss of appetite, or malaise
Also common are headache, muscle, rose spots, skin rash, or weight loss. 

Malaria symptoms may also includes; Pain in the muscles or abdomen, fever, chills, fatigue, malaise, shivering, or sweating, Gastrointestinal problems such as nausea or vomiting, Also common symptoms is headache, fast heart rate, or pale skin.

Contrasting with the two above symptoms, you will notice both are symptomatically related but a proper diagnosis must be done to ascertain a person is really down with typhoid.

If you feel any of the above symptoms, don't use paracetamol, don't use herbs, don't use Ciprofloxacin tablets, get tested first and be sure it's typhoid before the start of any medications. 

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