Best Remedies For Shigellosis or Shigella

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

Shigellosis is a foul and dangerous infection of the gut and affects millions of people in Africa and South Asia every year. Therefore, knowing more about what causes this illness, and the possible remedies you can use to alleviate or prevent the symptoms is very important.

Prevention and Remedies for Shigellosis

Shigellosis or shigella can be prevented using many natural remedies. These include proper water consumption, keeping yourself clean, intake of peppermint, bananas, ginger, and disposing of diapers with care.


The biggest problem with shigellosis is that it quickly depletes your body of liquids due to the nearly constant diarrhea that this infection can cause. When your body loses its water, your organ systems begin to slow down or even shut down, making it impossible to fight back effectively against this infection. You should be drinking water as frequently as possible, at least 10-12 glass per day if you are suffering from shigellosis. This will also stimulate the excretion system, which can help shorten the duration of the infection. [1]

A close up shot of turmeric ginger tea, made with turmeric, ginger, lemon and honey on a wooden board

Turmeric ginger tea works great for immunity. Photo Credit: Shutterstock


Ginger is one of the most popular foods for settling gastrointestinal issues, as it has anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants that can balance the health of the stomach and ensure normal digestion patterns. Ginger tea is a popular option, but it can also be eaten raw or pickled to boost the health of the immune system and ease the symptoms of shigellosis, namely diarrhea, and stomach distress.

Keep Yourself Clean

If you have been infected by shigellosis, you want to ensure that you don’t exacerbate the infection with more of the bacteria, nor do you want to infect anyone around you. Take proper hygiene precautions by washing your hands before handling food and after going to the bathroom. Regularly showering can be a good way to feel energized and clean, even if you are suffering from this illness, and should speed the healing process. [2]


When it comes to settling the stomach and ensuring the proper gastrointestinal health, few herbs have been more trusted over time than peppermint. With a natural anti-inflammatory capacity and antiseptic properties that can help to neutralize bacteria, peppermint is one of the best options to treat shigellosis. Peppermint tea is a popular method of benefitting from this plant, but you can also just chew on the leaves directly. [3]

Get Enough Rest

If you have been struck down by shigellosis, your body’s energy reserves will be severely depleted. If you don’t take in enough nutrients, or if they’re being excreted through the system too quickly, then your body will be struggling to function normally. Ensure that you get enough rest during the recovery process, as most of the healing process occurs during sleep, while we are resting. [4]


Some of the best foods for our gastrointestinal health are fruits, not only because they are rich in fiber, but also packed with nutrients that can help strengthen the immune system and protect gut health. Bananas are packed with potassium and other key electrolytes that the body needs for fluid balance and cellular transfer. Excessive diarrhea can deplete the body of electrolytes, but bananas can remedy this problem quickly. [5]

Swim With Caution

Swimming in infected water can be a very fast way of contracting shigellosis since you may consume the water while diving beneath the waves. When swimming in a new place, ensure that the water quality is adequate and the chlorine content is high enough to kill any bacteria. If this isn’t the case, even the bacteria on your skin can weaken your immune system or infect you, so be sure to thoroughly shower after swimming in a potentially contaminated lake. [6]

Dispose of Diapers With Care

Given that this illness relies on fecal-to-oral transmission, any close contact between feces and humans should be approached with caution. When changing a baby’s diaper, the feces may be infected, but the job still needs to be done. Always dispose of dirty diapers immediately and wash your hands afterward with antibacterial gel or soap. [7]

Word of Caution: While these natural remedies and preventative measures are effective, shigellosis can be very dangerous if the infection is severe. Antibiotics are strongly recommended in most cases, but at the very least, you should see a medical professional, if possible, to ensure that you start yourself on the right treatment regiment. Protection Status
About the Author

John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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