Food poisoning and the symptoms of food poisoning can be very alarming to the sufferer and their family, but it pays to remember that it is not usually a very serious illness, and it is usually quite simple to treat, in all but the most serious instances.
Seafood and mushrooms
Although food poisoning is rarely a very serious problem, if it is suspected that the illness has been caused by either mushrooms or seafood it is important to seek medical help quickly. Usually calling the emergency services is a good idea as poisoning from many mushrooms and contaminated seafood can be lethal.
If the food poisoning patient is suffering from severe dehydration, you should also seek to get them to a hospital as severe dehydration can cause serious medical issues if left untreated for a significant period of time.
Treating food poisoning in less serious cases
If you do not believe that a case of food poisoning requires immediate emergency treatment, here is how you should go about treating it:
- Get nausea and vomiting under control
In order to get the symptoms of nausea and vomiting under control, you should avoid consuming solid foods until vomiting stops. Then, you should eat bland foods, which are light on the stomach, such as toast, rice, crackers and bananas. Regularly sipping liquids might help to reduce vomiting in some people, as will avoiding heavy fried foods, or foods which are either sweet or spicy.You should not take anti-nausea or anti-diarrhoea without first asking your doctor if it will be OK to do so.
- Prevent dehydration
Drinking clear fluids, sipping at first and then drinking more as time goes on, will help to prevent dehydration.If, however, you have been vomiting or suffering from diarrhoea for more than 24 hours, you may need to take an oral rehydration solution to replace fluids and electrolytes lost.
When you should call a doctor
If you experience any of the following symptoms for more than three days in a row, you should call a doctor:
- Severe abdominal pain
- Blood in stools
- Excessive vomiting
- Bloody vomit
- Increased heart or breathing rate
- Decreased urination
Claiming for food poisoning
If your food poisoning illness was caused by the negligence of another, you may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation. This is something that Accident Advice Helpline can help you with. If you require more information about making a claim or treating food poisoning, simply give us a call freephone on 0800 689 0500, or on 0333 500 0993 if you are dialling from a mobile.
Date Published: 13th August 2016
Author: Lynne Bell