If you come down with a salmonella infection, it will probably cause some troubles in your intestinal tract. You can expect to feel the effects within eight to 72 hours after consuming a contaminated food or drinking compromised water.

Initially, the symptoms associated with a salmonella infection are similar to symptoms of common stomach bugs, so you might not know the difference right away!

Our AFC Urgent Care Indian Trail team explains what to expect from a salmonella infection below, so check it out.

What Causes a Salmonella Infection?

When you eat or drink something that has been contaminated by a bacteria called salmonella, you can become infected with this bacteria. It is often found in raw or undercooked meat or contaminated water.

Do you remember growing up and not being allowed to eat the cookie dough before it was cooked into warm cookies? This is why! Salmonella can exist in raw eggs, so your mom was right, after all.

Signs of a Salmonella Infection

  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Headache

Can I Treat Salmonella at Home?

Most cases of salmonella can be handled at home with rest and hydration. While you might feel pretty miserable for a few days, the infection will most likely clear on its own. Just be sure to keep drinking water! Dehydration is a common issue when you are experiencing diarrhea, so continually sip on water when you are able to.

As always, those in a higher risk category, like infants, children and older adults, need to keep a closer eye on their symptoms. Salmonella can sometimes spread beyond the intestines, which is a more serious situation. In addition, dehydration can be more dangerous for people in these categories. If you are ever unsure of your current symptoms and want to be seen, remember that we are always here for you!

When a Doctor’s Visit Is Encouraged

  • 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 Indian Trail for a diagnosis.