Listeria is a bacterium that is found in soil, water and animals like cattle and chicken. It can be present in raw milk as well as products made from raw milk. This bacterium can also be found in food processing plants where it leads to contamination of the processed meat.
It rarely causes serious illness in the healthy population. However, in some populations like pregnant women, infants and new born, elderly people, patients with compromised immune systems like those with cancer, AIDS, liver or renal disease, this infection can be fatal.
What Are The Alternative Treatments For Listeria?
What are the alternative treatment options available to treat listeria? There are also certain herbal treatments for fighting listeria infection. You can use one, two or a combination of the methods listed below to help fight the infection. However, if you do not see any improvement in your symptoms or your symptoms worsen over time, it is highly recommended to consult your healthcare provider and start an antibiotic treatment.
- Take one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (pasteurized) on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning as an alternative treatment for listeria.
- As an alternative treatment for listeria, consume juice of at least four ripe lemons (antimicrobial effects) in a day and make sure to take at least eight glasses of distilled water throughout the day.
- Take half tablespoon of camucamu (rich source of vitamin C and immune system stimulant) with a half cup of water with some added sugar once a day.
- Mix half a teaspoon of grapefruit seed extract (antibacterial activity) in one glass of water and consume it daily for listeria.
- Swallow one crushed garlic clove (antimicrobial effects) with one glass of warm water once a day.
- Add one teaspoon of colloidal silver (antimicrobial effects) in two cups of water and consume this daily for a period of five days.
- Drink a tea made from one teaspoon of goldenseal root powder (natural antibiotic and immune system booster) and one cup of hot water and have this twice a day for listeria.
- If you are experiencing symptoms like muscle pain, you can naturally treat this by using hot and cold treatments.
- If you have experienced a lot of vomiting or diarrhea because of listeria, add coconut water to your diet to replenish the lost fluid and electrolytes.
How Do You Treat Listeria Infections?
If your healthcare provider suspects you have a listeria infection, they will order a bacterial culture from your biological fluid or tissues to confirm this diagnosis. If the culture confirms the presence of Listeria in your body, then your healthcare provider will assess the severity of your symptoms and your risk category to the infection. Unless you fall into the previously mentioned high risk category of patients, the bacterial infection is generally self-limiting and does not result in any serious complications. In most cases, you will just need proper rest and care to allow your immune system fight listeria infection, similar to the way the flu virus affects our body and runs its course.
The first step in the listeria treatment cycle is to address the physical symptoms caused as a result of the infection. Therefore, if you are experiencing fever or muscle aches, it would be advisable to take some paracetamol or ibuprofen to help relieve these symptoms. If you are experiencing nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, then you need to make sure you are well hydrated by drinking clear fluids and if needed add some electrolyte replenishing formulations to your diet. Lastly, you need to be careful in your diet over the course of your recovery and choose foods that are easy to digest.
Apart from these methods, you also need to fight the listeria bacteria and kill it before it causes further damage and complications. The most common and effective way to kill the bacteria is to take a course of prescription antibiotics. Your healthcare provider will typically prescribe you the antibiotics like ampicillin or gentamicin or a combination of both.
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