Food poisoning is never pleasant. It can bring with it a host of symptoms that may vary depending on the bug that has caused it. Some will involve feeling and being sick as well as having diarrhoea, whereas others may cause stomach pains but not involve nausea at all.
Regardless of the symptoms you suffer from, the whole experience will be rather unpleasant to deal with. You won’t be able to eat for a day or two and even then it could take some time to feel back to your normal self again. Your appetite may not return for some time either. Most times though, food poisoning can be treated quite happily at home without any medical intervention.
What to do if you have food poisoning
Treating food poisoning begins with drinking little and often. Stick to water as it is plain and won’t upset your stomach any more than it is already. You may find you can only sip it until the worst of the illness has passed. It is also important to make sure you get plenty of rest. You probably won’t feel like doing much anyway, but you will feel weak and tired as a result of the illness.
Don’t worry if it takes longer than a day to get rid of the worst of the symptoms. Some food poisoning episodes can last longer than this. It also depends on how long it takes to get rid of everything in your system. You may then start to feel a little better.
Start eating bland foods when you can
It is important not to eat too soon after suffering a bout of food poisoning. However, treating food poisoning will involve starting to eat again when you feel ready. This will probably be once the sickness and the feeling of being sick has passed. Avoid anything that is rich, either to eat or drink, as it could make you feel ill again. Stick to very plain foods for a few days.
If you suffered from food poisoning because you ate contaminated food prepared by someone else, perhaps at a restaurant or takeaway for example, you have a right to consider whether compensation could be a possibility. The answers could be closer than you think, too, especially if you call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500. We could be in a position to help.
Date Published: February 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead