Food Poisoning

What Is Food poisoning?

Food poisoning, as the name suggests, is a condition caused due to the intake of contaminated food or beverage. It can affect anyone at any time , however, most often has been found to affect people with a sensitive immune system. The severity of the poisoning depends on the kind of infection and the capacity of the body to fight the infection.

What Triggers Food Poisoning ?

  • Infection due to bacterial organisms such as Campylobacter, Salmonella and E.coli.
  • Certain viral infections
  • Unhealthy food habits
  • Improperly prepared food
  • Lack of hygiene while preparing food
  • Intake of water that is not distilled or treated
  • Chemicals used in insecticides or food served in the lead glazed pottery
  • Plants and animals containing poisons (such as mushrooms).

How Would You Know If You Have Food Poisoning?

  • Common signs of food poisoning include, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.
  • Bloody stools
  • Chills, weakness followed by fever
  • Abdominal cramps and pain in the body
  • Symptoms can begin within hours to days after having food.
  • In severe cases you may also collapse due to extreme weakness and fatigue

What Should You Do In Case Your Symptoms Worsen?

  • In case of diarrhea (that is not due to food poisoning), it usually gets better in 2-3 days. However, in case the symptoms do not get better, you must consult a doctor
  • For a diagnosis, the doctor will ask you for relevant symptoms and the food that you had in the past few days.
  • Accordingly, he may suggest a stool test/ culture test to rule out the underlying cause.

What Are The Available Treatment Options?

  • Once the diagnosis is confirmed, the doctor will prescribe you with antibiotics and antipyretics. He shall advise you to take lots of fluids to replace and restore the lost electrolytes.
  • It is best advised to only have home cooked food that is easy to digest and less spicy and oily.
  • The doctor shall suggest you to take oral rehydration solution (ORS) to avoid chances of acute dehydration.

Are There Any Natural Remedies For Food Poisoning?

You can try these effective natural remedies to ease your symptoms:

1. Ginger Tea

Ingredients: Ginger, Water, Honey

Ways to Use:

To a cup of boiling water, add grated ginger, and bring it to boil. Add some honey to it. You can also choose to add ginger in the normal tea that you consume during the daytime.

2. Lemon

Ingredients: Lemon, Water

Ways to Use:

To a cup of warm water, add lemon juice. Drink this water several times a day.

3. Basil leaves

Ingredients: Basil leaves, Water

Ways to Use:

Antibacterial in nature, it is best advised to chew basil leaves when ever an infection hits you. However, you may also choose to boil a few basil leaves in a cup of water and drink this water 3-4 times a day.

4. Yoghurt

Ingredients: Yoghurt

Ways to Use:

Rich in probiotics, yoghurt serves as a good option to be added to the short meals that you may take while fighting an infection.

At the first place, try and avoid having food from places you are not sure of. Make sure that you eat only from hygienic eating joints. However, in case of an infection, you may try these natural remedies to fight food poisoning effectively.

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