How bacteria can be fought by the body itself

One study found that the process of autophagy (self-destruction and reconstruction that the cell does on itself) can help fight Salmonella and other infectious agents .

In all, 56 species of bacteria were analyzed. Among them: Salmonella , Shigella , Listeria , Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Staphylococcus.

Scientists have found that host cells use autophagy to eliminate these pathological agents. On the other hand, bacteria also use their own proteins to avoid being eliminated.

The research, carried out in England, was carried out by the School of Life Sciences at the University of Warwick in partnership with the Earlham Institute and Quadram Institute.

The researchers believe that the bacteria have evolved more and more, becoming more resistant to antibiotics . Therefore, stimulating the body’s own defense mechanisms is important to fight bacterial infections.

What is Salmonella?

The Salmonella is a bacteria transmitted by infected food. It is responsible for the second highest rate of infant deaths in the world. It is associated with several diseases such as arthritis , meningitis and pneumonia .

Understanding how it is tackled can lead to the development of new forms of therapy and treatment. Other drugs that stimulate autophagy can be prescribed and formulated with the aim of combating this bacterium.

Good sanitary and hygienic conditions, consumption of drinking water and the storage and preparation of food are essential to avoid Salmonella . The main symptoms of the disease are: diarrhea , high fever and abdominal pain.

As the symptoms are common to other diseases, the diagnosis of Salmonella and its subtype is made by laboratory stool examination. In case of suspicion, visit a doctor.

Knowing how the body works to eliminate infectious agents is important to help the body fight these intruders.

In addition to autophagy, Salmonella can be combated with simple hygiene and health measures, such as washing your hands frequently and preparing food properly.