How is shigellosis treated?

Updated: Aug 20, 2021
  • Author: Heba Rashid Ashraf, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Antibiotic treatment is indicated in most patients. Avoid antimotility agents because they have the potential to worsen the symptoms and may predispose to toxic dilation of the colon.

Clear liquids followed by a low residue, lactose-free diet are recommended until symptoms of shigellosis resolve.

See Treatment and Medication for more detail.


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