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What is Cholera ?

Home Remedies for choleraCholera is an infection of the small intestine that is caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. The main symptoms are profuse watery diarrhea and vomiting. Transmission occurs primarily by drinking or eating water or food that has been contaminated by the diarrhea of an infected person or the feces of an infected but asymptomatic person. The severity of the diarrhea and vomiting can lead to rapid dehydration and electrolyte imbalance and death in some cases. The primary treatment is with oral rehydration solution (ORS) to replace water and electrolytes, and if this is not tolerated or doesn't provide quick enough treatment, intravenous fluids can also be used. Antibiotics are beneficial in those with severe disease to shorten the duration and severity. Worldwide it affects 3–5 million people and causes 100,000–130,000 deaths a year as of 2010. Cholera was one of the earliest infections to be studied by epidemiological methods.

Cholera Causes:

  1. The main cause of cholera is a bacteria named Vibrio Cholerae, which is usually found in impure or contaminated water supplies because of the unsanitary disposal of excrement.
  2. Uncooked shellfish, milk, lentils, potatoes, beans, eggs, chicken and coconut milk all can become sources of the disease.
  3. Cholera can also spread after a natural disaster such as a flood or earthquake when fresh water supplies are disrupted.
  4. By eating raw foods.

Cholera Symptoms:

  1. The first sign of cholera may be mild diarrhea. This is followed by sudden violent purging.
  2. Dehydration.
  3. Rapid Heart Rate.
  4. Dry Skin.
  5. Dry Mucus membranes or Dry Mouth.
  6. Excessive Thirst.
  7. The patient gets severe cramps in the stomach, and feels very thirsty and restless.
  8. The temperature may rise.
  9. Nausea.
  10. Vomiting.
  11. The stools are loose, watery, and greyish-brown in colour.
  12. Leg Cramps.
  13. The blood pressure falls, the cramps are agonizing, and signs of collapse appear rapidly.

Cholera Prevention:

  1. All materials that come in contact with cholera patients should be sterilized by washing in hot water, using chlorine bleach if possible. Hands that touch cholera patients or their clothing, bedding, etc., should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected with chlorinated water or other effective antimicrobial agents.
  2. A number of safe and effective oral vaccines for cholera are available.
  3. Drink only boiled water or water that has been treated with chlorine or iodine.
  4. Eat only thoroughly cooked food and are still hot, or fruit that you have peeled yourself. Avoid undercooked or raw fish or shellfish. Make sure all vegetables are cooked properly, avoid salads.
  5. Avoid foods and beverages from street vendors.
  6. Do not bring perishable seafood.
  7. Check for proper sanitation and water purification systems
  8. Give liquid bland foods, lemon, onions and mint to the patient
  9. Vegetables and fruits must be washed with solution of potassium permanganate
  10. New Vaccines for cholera are available and appear to provide a somewhat better immunity and fewer side-effects than the previously available vaccine.
  11. Health education aimed at behaviour change is thus an important component of cholera prevention and control.

Cholera Home Remedies:

  1. Neem: Mixture of 3 grams neem tree flower and 2 grams black pepper given for every hour throughout the day helps to cure cholera very easily.
  2. Onion: Eating Onion regularly helps to prevent Cholera and also reduces Cholera effects.
  3. Lemon: Drinking Lemon juice helps to kill Cholera bacteria and reduces Cholera effects.
  4. Garlic: Eating Garlic helps to reduces Cholera effects.
  5. Bitter gourd: Drinking Bitter gourd (Karela) juice also helps to reduces Cholera effects.
  6. Mix: Cardamon (Elaichi), Tamarind (Imli), Mint leaves (pudina), Black pepper (kali Mirch) all grinder together and slowly sucking this mixture reduce Cholera effects. Especially it reduces vomiting and watery diarrhea.
  7. Buttermilk: Drinking sour Buttermilk (Chaach) reduces vomiting and diarrhea during Cholera.
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