Treatment and care at home

There is no specific treatment for E. coli O157 infection. People who are infected can usually be cared for at home and most will get better without medical treatment.

It is important to drink plenty of fluids, as diarrhoea can lead to dehydration.

You should contact your GP or call NHS 111 as soon as possible if you or your child has bloody diarrhoea.

Antibiotics are not recommended, and may increase the risk of complications.

Anti-diarrhoea drugs such as loperamide (Imodium) are also not recommended as they may prolong your exposure to the toxin.

Find out more about caring for a child with gastroenteritis and caring for an adult with gastroenteritis .

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018