Typhoid fever is common in less-industrialized countries, mainly due to problems with unsafe drinking water, inadequate sewage disposal and flooding.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 21.5 million people in developing countries contract typhoid each year.

Early symptoms of typhoid are fever, weakness, headache and abdominal pain. As the disease gets worse, one can also have symptoms like severe diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, loss of appetite, skin rashes, blood in the stools, chills, delirium, hallucinations, fluctuating mood, enlarged liver, nosebleeds and lethargy.

Symptoms usually improve in 2 to 4 weeks with proper treatment. once diagnosed with typhoid, doctors prescribe antibiotics to kill the bacteria. It is very important to complete the full course of antibiotics to prevent recurrence of the infection.

In addition, use of clean water along with good hygiene and sanitation are important to prevent spreading the illness to others. There are also vaccines that can protect you from contracting typhoid.

Some home remedies can also provide relief from typhoid symptoms and promote quick recovery.

Here are the top 10 home remedies for typhoid fever.

1. Cold Compresses

When you have a high fever, apply cold compresses to help your body temperature come down quickly.

  • Soak a washcloth in cool tap water, wring out the excess water and place it on your forehead. Change the washcloth frequently. Follow this treatment until your temperature drops.

Note: Do not use very cold or ice water as it can worsen the condition.

2. Increase Fluid Intake

Due to high fever and diarrhea, you may become dehydrated. To prevent this, increase your fluid intake. It will keep your body hydrated and encourage elimination of waste material and toxins.

3. Homemade ORS

Fluid replacement or fluid resuscitation is essential to replenish fluid lost through diarrhea and prevent dehydration. You can do this with oral rehydration solution (ORS). ORS will reduce the intensity of typhoid symptoms and aid recovery.

You can use ORS approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) that you can easily buy from any health store. You can also make ORS at home.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is energizing and a good remedy for typhoid fever. Its acidic property helps draw heat out of the skin, which in turn reduces high body temperature. Moreover, the minerals in apple cider vinegar replenish minerals lost due to diarrhea.

5. Garlic

The antimicrobial properties of garlic help fight off bacteria that cause typhoid fever. It will also boost your immune system. Moreover, it helps eliminate harmful toxins from the body and speed up recovery.

  • Eat 2 garlic cloves on an empty stomach for a couple of weeks to help get rid of the fever symptoms.
  • You can also mix ½ teaspoon of crushed garlic, 1 cup of milk and 4 cups of water. Boil the solution until it reduces to ¼ of the original amount. Drink it 3 times a day.

Note: Garlic is not recommended for pregnant women and small children.

6. Basil

Basil is another effective treatment for this fever. This herb has antibiotic and antibacterial properties that can help get rid of the bacteria that cause this fever. Moreover, it helps bring down a fever, calm the stomach and boost your immune system.

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