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How To Prevent Dysentry


Dysentry is an infection that is commonly spread through hand-to-mouth transfer between people or touching a surface that has been contaminated by someone with the disease. Dysentry affects the intestines and can often affect a person's ability to perform simple tasks. The disease causes a variety of symptoms including diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, fever and abdominal cramps. With proper treatment, most people recover from the disease within a few weeks. You can prevent contracting or spreading dysentry by taking simple measures. Consult with your physician if the symptoms persist following treatment or it has spread to others.

Step 1

Prevent dysentry by washing your hands immediately following using the restroom. The disease can be spread through contact with an infected surface. By washing your hands, you can reduce the possibility of spreading the disease by touching your mouth after using the restroom. It is important to follow proper hand washing procedures to ensure that your hands have been properly cleansed.

Step 2

Wash all fruits and vegetables before you cook and eat them. The chances of spreading dysentry is increased due to the amount of handling by humans. If someone who is infected handles your food before you eat it, there is a great chance that you could contract the disease.

Step 3

Dispose of your child's diapers properly to avoid potentially spreading dysentry to others. If your child has diarrhea, wrap all soiled diapers in a plastic bag and immediately dispose of it in the garbage can. Ensure the can has a closed lid. Wash your hands immediately after changing the diaper.

Step 4

Avoid cooking or pouring drinks for others if you have diarrhea. Wait until your symptoms are completely gone before cooking or pouring drinks. By doing so, you can greatly decrease the chances of spreading the infection or its symptoms to others.

Step 5

Avoid contact with others if you have symptoms of dysentry. Although you may have the infection, you can prevent the spread to others by simply staying to yourself. Alert others in your proximity to your condition so that they may practice the hygienic steps necessary to avoid contracting the infection.

Step 6

Wash all linens, coverings and clothes in hot water if someone in your home is exhibiting signs of dysentry. All towels and face cloths should also be washed in hot water. Avoid sharing towels or using the towels more than once until all signs of the disease have disappeared.


Proper hand washing techniques are important to prevent the spread of dysentry. After applying soap to your hands, rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds before rinsing the soap off. Ensure that you scrub the backs of your hands, under your fingernails and wrists before rinsing. Use a disposable towel or air dryer to dry your hands.

If you or a loved one contract dysentry, it is important to take all prescribed medicines to avoid the further spread of the infection or the possibility of reinfection. Common antibiotics such as ceftriaxone are prescribed to treat the symptoms of the infection.

By Laurel Moore, published at 02/16/2012
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