Food Poisoning

Handle Vomit And Nausea First

The first thing that you need to do when treating food poisoning is to control the nausea and consequent vomiting first. Avoid solid or heavy foods until the vomiting ends and then after that eat very light foods such as rice. Toast and Bananas are also good light foods to take when you have food poisoning. Keep taking small quantities of fluids because this helps to stop the vomiting. Do not take any greasy or fried foods. Avoid spicy foods as well. Alcohol, caffeine and fatty foods should also be avoided. Make sure you consult your doctor before you take any medication because it may make it worse. Also, ensure to rest as much as possible

Handle Dehydration

To prevent dehydration, ensure that you take fluids but first start with small quantities or sips and then graduallyΒ take more.

Oral Rehydration Solution

This is a solution that is highly recommended for those that had health conditions or are likely to be more affected by dehydration. These can be bought from pharmacies. They are packed in sachets. Mix with drinking water and once dissolved you can drink the solution. They replace the minerals that your body has lost as a result of dehydration such as glucose and salt. This solution is very helpful though you might want to ask your pharmacist what would best work for you if you have a kidney condition.

When To Call The Doctor

If you have done all of the above and your symptoms are still there after three days, then it might be time for you to consult a doctor. The symptoms to watch out for are diarrhea with blood and stool which may be dark. Fever and
severe pain in the stomach. You may also have signs of dehydration like less urination. You find that you are fatigued and dizzy and your heart seems to be beating unusually fast. These are all symptoms of dehydration which you should not have by the third day. If you do have them, consult your doctor immediately.

Prevent The Infection From Spreading

If you have food poisoning, it is best that you do not prepare food for other people and minimize your interactions with the highly vulnerable class like kids or the very young as well as the elderly. If someone in your household has food poisoning, keep everything spotless and ensure everyone uses soap and warm water to wash their hands especially after visiting the toilet.