Like most bacterial infections, leptospirosis is basically fought off with shots of antibiotics; preferably penicillin or a tetracycline antibiotic known as doxycycline. Depending on how severe the infection is, antibiotic shots may last between five days to weeks of administration.
People fall into the temptation of not completing their dosage especially when it’s all getting better. With Leptospirosis, it is never over till it is over. Stick to your dosage and ensure you complete every medication administered to you. When it is all done see a doctor to examine you or your pet for approval of an overall confirmation of your health status.
A range of symptoms accompany leptospirosis. For such symptoms, simple painkillers and ibuprofen shots can ease the condition of a leptospirosis patient in the meanwhile.
When it gets severe?
Severe cases of leptospirosis will require the patient to take to the hospital bed. Though antibiotics still come to play here, they are injected into the patient directly to the bloodstream. In any case that some the patient’s organs have been damaged, support machines may be required. For example:
• a ventilator to aid the breathing exercise
• dialysis, where the purposes of patient’s kidneys are artificially simulated by removing wastes from patient’s blood
• intravenous fluids to help restore the fluids and nutrients in the patient’s body
Hospital admission time depends strictly on the patient’s response to treatment. In a few weeks a patient might be ready for discharge or many months later. So, it is important to vaccinate oneself even without the sight of any infection. This will help strengthen your immune system for when the time is right. All through the Leptospirosis experience, it is important to keep close relations with a doctor. The infection is tricky and without expert medical attention it can go from mild to severe leptospirosis.