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Causes and Symptoms of E. coli Intestinal Infection

Submitted by on March 12, 2017 – 5:36 PM

E. coli Intestine InfectionNot all bacteria are harmful for our body; there are some good bacteria and some bad bacteria. E. coli is a type of bacteria commonly found inside the intestine of human beings as well as other animals. E. coli 0157:H7 is recognized as a harmful bacterium that can cause intestinal infection, which in turn can lead to various kinds of physical complications. Right from digestive problem to loss of appetite, different kinds of diseases can happen due to infection due to E. coli bacteria.

Pregnant women, toddlers and older adults are vulnerable to the more severe complications of E. coli intestinal infection. E. coli can cause infection by various means. Eating stale foods, drinking non-purified water, etc. are considered as common reasons for intestinal infection.


Intestinal infection comes with a few obvious as well as unique symptoms. Major symptoms of E. coli infection are abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, high fever and abdominal pain. Serious complications include kidney failure, liver malfunction and dehydration.


E. coli infection causes abdominal infection and thus we experience trouble with our digestive system. Diarrhea is a common aftermath or symptom of E. coli infection. Due to diarrhea, one can also develop dehydration. In extreme conditions, one may experience blood in stool. Generally, abdominal pain is also considered as common symptom of intestinal infection due to E. coli.


Some other symptoms include:

  • Watery diarrhea leading to blood with stool
  • Dehydration
  • Vomiting tendencies
  • Loss of appetite
  • Heartburn or acidity
  • Abdominal pain – mild or severe
  • Fever
  • Physical fatigue


Less common symptoms include:

  • Pale skin
  • Decreased urine
  • Unusual physical fatigue
  • Blood with urine
  • Bruising


Some of the causes for E. coli infection are:

  • Improper food handling: it is important to wash hands properly before taking food. It is also important to keep the food properly covered. You must use fresh and properly washed utensils for cooking.
  • Contaminated Water: Intestinal infection has been majorly recognized as a water borne disease. Drinking contaminated water can cause intestinal infection due to E. coli bacteria.
  • Animals: People who have domestic animals are considered vulnerable to such infections. Maintaining proper hygiene is the key in such cases.


E. coli can generally be treated with over-the-counter medicines. With the passage of time, the symptoms subside and you recover well enough. However, in extreme conditions, you must seek proper medical care.


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