Food poisoning is an illness caused by ingestion of contaminated food, mostly caused by unsanitary activity in preparation or by natural food degradation. Before we learn about food poisoning treatment, it’s important to know that food poisoning is caused by either of these two: infective agents and toxic agents.
Infective agents include bacteria (e.g. salmonella), viruses, and parasites while toxic agents came from poisonous substances naturally present in some foods (e.g. poisonous mushrooms) and unwashed pesticide residues. Due to the nature of its cause, it’s always best to prevent food poisoning by applying good food preparation practices at all times.
Food Poisoning Symptoms
Food poisoning may cause mild to severe illnesses, even to the point of death. Here are some symptoms we should watch out for:
- Increase Salivation
- Blurred Vision
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Shaking of Arms and Legs
How to Treat Food Poisoning
Here are effective first aid food poisoning remedies that we should do in case we encounter such incidents:
Drink plenty of water
Make the victim drink plenty of water and abstain from solid food especially during the phase of nausea and vomiting. If the victim is having short episodes of vomiting and diarrhea lasting less than 24 hours, the condition is curable from home.
Avoid alcoholic, caffeinated, and sugary drinks
These types of drink may worsen diarrhea. Instead, make the victim drink over-the-counter rehydration products. Sports drink like Gatorade and Powerade are good but make sure to dilute them in water to lessen the sugar content.
Intake Easy-to-digest Food
When vomiting has stopped, slowly make the victim eat plain foods like bread, white cereals, potatoes, rice, lean meats, baked chicken, and milk.
If the symptoms, including dehydration, bloody diarrhea, and high fever lasts more than 24 hours, seek medical attention.
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