Hardly anyone ever anticipates a bout of food poisoning, since at the time it strikes we’re completely focused on the meal’s yum quotient. Only a few house later that we feel that pang of pain in our stomach. Then vomiting, diarrhea and fatigue follow along with other symptoms.
Food poisoning is a common, usually mild, but sometimes deadly illness. In some cases, like in the elderly, in children or in people with compromised immune systems, food poisoning agents can cause serious medical problems. Symptoms include nausea, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, fear, chills, bloody stools that occur within 48 hours after consuming the contaminated drink/ food item. They depend on the type of contaminating agent and the amount eaten but most cases of food poisoning are not reported as people recover quickly and knowing the cause usually does not change the course or outcome of the treatment.
Possibly the most effective home remedy for food poisoning is prevention. But it’s not always that simple to stay away from contaminated food. More than 250 known diseases can be transmitted through food. Although vomiting and motions may be unpleasant they are our body’s way of getting rid of the poison. First you will throw the poisonous foods and then water so that you feel better by the end of the day. Here are a few tips to deal with food poisoning:
Short episodes of vomiting and small amounts of diarrhea lasting less than 24 hours can usually be cared for at home. Avoid caffeine and alcohol and keep yourself hydrated during this period. However, don’t hesitate to call your doctor if the symptoms last for more than two days, the ill person can’t keep any food down or runs a high fever or if the ill person is younger than three years.