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.
- 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).
- 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
- 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.
- 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
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