Salmonella is a bacterial disease that affects your intestinal tract. If you come into contact with this infection, you can expect to experience symptoms within eight to 72 hours after exposure.

The symptoms associated with salmonella often are similar to common stomach bugs, so it can initially be hard to tell the difference. Our AFC Urgent Care Tyvola Road team explains all about salmonella below, so read on.

What Causes Salmonella?

This infection affects your intestines and can cause a wide variety of gastrointestinal troubles. Typically you contract salmonella by eating contaminated foods or drinking contaminated water. It can also be lurking in undercooked or raw meat. In any case, it can make you feel really sick for a few days.

If you have ever been scolded by a parent or caregiver for sneaking a bite of uncooked cookie dough, this is why! Salmonella can be found in undercooked or raw eggs, so always let your cookies bake until they are done before you dig in. You should also always follow cooking recommendations for all meats and ensure they reach the proper temperature.

Symptoms of a Salmonella Infection

  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Headache

When Will a Salmonella Infection Go Away?

The good news is that most salmonella infections clear up on their own in a few days! Just prioritize rest and drink water throughout the day. Since one of the symptoms you can experience is diarrhea, you can become dehydrated rather quickly, so it is important to prioritize staying hydrated.

Those who are in a higher risk category, like infants, children and older adults, need to keep an extra eye on their symptoms. Severe dehydration can be dangerous, and the salmonella infection can also spread beyond the intestines. Just be aware of how you are feeling and seek medical care if needed!

When to See a Doctor

  • Symptoms last more than a few days
  • You experience bloody stools
  • You have a high-grade fever of 102 degrees or higher that won’t go away
  • You are severely dehydrated

Stomach issues can be really frustrating. Come see us at AFC Urgent Care Tyvola Road for a diagnosis.