Can Albendazole Treat Typhus?
Can albendazole be used for typhus?
Hello Indah, Thank you for the question.
Typhus is an infection that attacks the digestive tract caused by Salmonella typhii bacteria. A person can be infected with this bacterium if he consumes food and drink that is contaminated by the feces of typhus sufferers. This infection can cause a number of symptoms such as fever, diarrhea / constipation, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, decreased appetite, headaches, dizziness, weakness. To diagnose someone with typhus, the doctor needs to get information about the symptoms of the patient, do a physical examination on the patient, and do a blood test that is the Widal test or Tubex test. From this examination, if it is proven to have typhus, then the patient will be treated with antibiotics for a certain period of time.
Albendazole is a class of worm medicines and cannot be used to treat bacterial infections such as typhus. Albendazole works by damaging the intestinal cells of worms so that the worms cannot absorb food and die.
If you experience symptoms that lead to typhus, you should immediately consult a doctor for further examination and treatment. Avoid taking drugs without doctor's advice to avoid medication errors. You are also advised to avoid consuming food and drinks that are not kept clean and always maintain hand hygiene before eating and after going to the toilet.
Hopefully this information helps you.