How to Address Prolonged Typhoid Fever?

How to Address Prolonged Typhoid Fever?
Published on, 04 June, 2024. Answered by Dr. Hans Unim and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


My mother has been suffering from fever for the past 10 days. She was diagnosed with typhoid fever and has been taking antibiotics for the same duration, but she hasn't shown signs of improvement. What should I do now?



Answered by Dr. Hans Unim


Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


First and foremost, I empathize with your concern regarding your mother's health. Given the prolonged duration of her fever and the lack of improvement despite antibiotic treatment, it's crucial to reassess the situation and take appropriate steps for her well-being.


I recommend initiating a thorough evaluation by repeating the laboratory investigations. This step is essential to rule out the possibility of other tropical infections that may present with similar symptoms to typhoid fever. By doing so, we can ensure a comprehensive understanding of her condition and tailor the treatment accordingly.


In addition to the laboratory tests, it's essential to closely monitor your mother's symptoms and overall health status. If her condition worsens or if she develops any new symptoms, prompt medical attention is necessary. Be vigilant for any signs of dehydration, persistent high fever, severe abdominal pain, or altered mental status, as these may indicate complications requiring urgent intervention.


Regarding the management of typhoid fever, the current course of action may need adjustment based on the results of the repeated investigations. If the diagnosis of typhoid fever is confirmed, we must consider optimizing her treatment plan. This may involve a more aggressive antibiotic regimen or exploring alternative therapeutic options in consultation with a healthcare provider.


Furthermore, given the severity and duration of her symptoms, it may be prudent to consider inpatient care for your mother. In a hospital setting, she can receive close monitoring, intravenous fluids for hydration, and timely administration of medications as needed. Inpatient care offers a structured environment for comprehensive management of her condition, ensuring the best possible outcome.


I understand that this may be a challenging time for you and your family, but please rest assured that we are here to support you every step of the way. Our priority is your mother's health and well-being, and we will work together to provide the necessary care and guidance throughout her recovery journey.



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