Contracting an infection or illness like HUS from something that you eat can be very scary. It can cause serious illness, hospitalization, and even long-lasting complications. Many of these foodborne related infections are due to mistakes or oversights. It can be very scary when they happen due to someone else’s negligence and irresponsibility.
If you or somebody you know has contracted HUS, contact Ron Simon and Associates. The law firm that understands food poisoning lawsuits.
Hemolytic-uremic syndrome is an ailment that affects the blood and the blood vessels in the body. It destroys the platelets in the blood (which is what allows the blood to clot), it reduces the red blood cell count (this is also known as anemia and these are the cells that carry oxygen throughout the body) and damages the blood vessels of the body. This is a syndrome that can be life-threatening to a person.
It is a non-contagious condition and it is normally caused due to the effects of something else in the form of a complication. Hemolytic-uremic syndrome can be caused by:
In most cases of hemolytic-uremic syndrome, the cause is E. coli. There are certain people who are at higher risk, even though anyone is capable of getting it, like the young, old, those with a genetic susceptibility, and those with a weaker immune system. Before the HUS symptoms come about, the E.coli symptoms will have been plaguing the person for about a week. These symptoms include vomiting, nausea, diarrhea (it has a tendency of being bloody), and stomach pain or cramps. HUS will then surface and have a whole host of symptoms of its’ own, including:
HUS is a serious complication that is commonly caused by E. coli, but there are some serious complications that can stem from the hemolytic-uremic syndrome. These complications are serious and could, ultimately, be life-altering and life-threatening.
This serious condition has a serious treatment regimen that is going to require an extended hospital stay. It will require different treatments in order to treat the different symptoms that are brought about by this syndrome. It all depends on what symptoms the person is dealing with.
There is a chance that a person may have lasting kidney issues and high blood pressure. Most people are likely to have a full recovery even if they required dialysis. Ultimately, people need to take the right steps to prevent this serious condition from happening. The best way to prevent HUS is to prevent E. coli. Cleanliness and proper procedures with food storage, cleaning, and preparations are necessary for preventing E. coli.
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