The word cholera is derived from a Greek term “Khole” that means "flow of bile." And Latin word “Cholera” which means ‘billious diarrhea’. Cholera is an acute intestinal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated by a comma-shaped bacteria Vibrio cholerae, the most feared epidemic diarrheal disease because of its severity.
In India, it's common among children ages 1 to 5, but in other endemic areas, it's equally distributed among all age-groups.
Causes of Cholera
The most common cause of cholera is:
After a disaster, this is a very real danger, since regular, clean water and food supplies are often unavailable. The disease can be spread even further by infected people using already dirty water sources to clean themselves or dispose of waste.
Signs & Symptoms of Cholera
Symptoms begin 1 to 3 days after infection and range from mild, uncomplicated diarrhea to severe, potentially fatal disease. Some infected people have no symptoms. The infection is often mild or without symptoms, but sometimes can be severe. The infected person has several symptoms which can be characterized by:
In the infected persons, rapid loss of body fluids leads to dehydration and shock. Without treatment, death can occur within hours.
Diagnosis of Cholera
Cholera is diagnosed by taking the stool sample and to identify the bacteria that can cause cholera. Cholera requires immediate treatment because of watery diarrhea, so the doctors are likely to begin rehydration before a definitive diagnosis is made.
Preventions of Cholera
Cholera is usually transmitted through contaminated water or food. Outbreaks can occur in any part of the world where water supply, sanitation, food safety, and hygiene are inadequate.
Treatments of Cholera
Cholera is an easily treatable disease.
Home Treatments for Cholera
Home Treatments for Cholera includes:
Use of Lemon: The juice of Lemon can kill cholera bacilli within a very short period of time. It can be taken in the form of a sweetened or salted beverage for this purpose.
Use of Guava Root Bark: Thirty grams of the root bark should be used in half a litre of water to make the decoction. The water should be boiled down to reduce it by one-third. This decoction can be taken twice daily.
Use of Onion: Onions are another valuable remedy for cholera. About thirty grams of onion and seven black peppers should be pounded finely in a pestle and given to the patient in two or three doses during the day.
Use of Bitter Gourd: The fresh juice of bitter gourd is an effective medicine in the early stages of cholera. Two teaspoons of this juice, mixed with an equal quantity of white onion juice and a teaspoon of lime juice, should be given twice daily in the treatment of this condition.
Use of Cucumber: A glass of fresh juice of cucumber leaves with an equal quantity of tender coconut water, given in doses of 30-60 ml, forms a valuable remedy for excessive thirst during cholera.
Use of Clove: Cloves are useful in cholera. About four grams of cloves should be boiled in three litres of water until half of the water has evaporated. The decoction thus prepared should be given to the patient several times during the day.