Food Poisoning Symptoms and Treatment

Food borne illness is also known as food poisoning is the result of eating spoiled, toxic and contaminated food. Food borne illness usually arises from improper handling, preparation, or food storage. Good hygiene practices before, during, and after food preparation can reduce the chances of contracting an illness.
Food Poisoning Symptoms and Treatment

Food Poisoning Symptoms

Symptoms of food poisoning may vary with the source of contamination. Most common types of food poisoning cause one or more of the following symptoms and sign:
  • Watery Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain and cramps
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Headaches
Above symptoms and sign may start within few hours after eating the contaminated food, or they may begin days or even weeks later. Sickness caused by food poisoning generally lasts from a few hours to several days.

Food Poisoning Treatment

Food poisoning often improves without treatment within 48 hours. To help keep yourself more comfortable and prevent dehydration while you recover, try the following:
  • Let your stomach settle: Stop eating and drinking for a few hours.
  • Try sucking on ice chips or taking small sips of water: You might also try drinking clear soda, clear broth or non-caffeinated sports drinks, such as Gatorade. You're getting enough fluid when you're urinating normally and your urine is clear and not dark.
  • Ease back into eating: Gradually begin to eat bland, low-fat, easy-to-digest foods, such as soda crackers, toast, gelatin, bananas and rice. Stop eating if your nausea returns.
  • Avoid certain foods and substances until you're feeling better: These include dairy products, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and fatty or highly seasoned foods.
  • Rest: The illness and dehydration can weaken and tire you.

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