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Salmonella Infection

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What is salmonella infection?

A salmonella infection develops when salmonella bacteria reach your intestines.

What increases my risk for salmonella infection?

What are the signs and symptoms of salmonella infection?

Any of the following may appear 12 to 72 hours after the bacteria get into your body:

How is salmonella infection diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you and ask about your symptoms. Your blood or bowel movements may be tested for salmonella bacteria.

How is salmonella infection treated?

Salmonella infection usually lasts 4 to 7 days and gets better without treatment. Do not take medicine to stop your diarrhea. This can make your infection last longer. You may need any of the following to treat the infection or to ease your symptoms:

How can salmonella infection be prevented?

The bacteria spread through direct contact. You can become infected when you eat or drink food that is contaminated. Foods become contaminated through improper handling, cooking, or storage. Salmonella also spread when an infected person does not wash his or her hands after he or she has a bowel movement or changes a diaper. Do the following to help prevent the spread of salmonella:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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