How dangerous is Leptospirosis

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Dr. Nithin Jayan
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Nithin Jayan, MBBS, DNB
Last Updated on Sep 23, 2014
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How can Leptospirosis be Treated?

Antibiotics are used to treat leptospirosis.

If antibiotics are started within the first four days of illness, it helps reduce the complications of the disease.

Treatment of severe leptospirosis-

How can Leptospirosis be Treated?
  • Penicillin- Penicillin is the drug of choice in severe leptospirosis. It is administered intravenously for 10-14 days.
  • Amoxicillin
  • Erythromycin
  • Hemodialysis may be needed in case of renal failure.
  • Blood transfusion or platelet transfusion may be required in patients with Weil’s disease.
  • Hospitalization with supportive therapy may be required in patients with multiple organ failure.

Treatment of mild to moderate cases of leptospirosis-

  • Penicillin
  • Doxycycline in a dosage of 100 mg twice daily for 7 days

Prophylaxis of leptospirosis-

Doxycycline, 200 mg orally once weekly, during the risk of exposure provides effective prophylaxis.

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paul123

We here in Thailand are being told there is no reason to panice about any water borne deseases in the current floods. We have thousands of tons of uncollected rubbish floating in the water animal and human waste. What can we do to minimise the risk of contacting leptospirosis cholera malaria etc. Is there som medicine we can take to lesson the risks. many thanks Paul

Need proper diagnostic set ups and patients must check up promptly and early for leptospirosis; or else leads to multi organ disorder to multiple organ failure
Dr. Prabhu Nagarajan, India Date: 04.02.2009

R.Lavanya

Whenever patients are coming with fever it is better that the doctor ask them to go for three tests namely MALARIA,WIDAL and LEPTOSPIROSIS.By doing this we can prevent the spreding of disease

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