Food Poisoning Treatment
What is Food Poisoning?
Food poisoning occurs when you eat food that has been contaminated by infectious organisms, such as bacteria, parasites or viruses. Contamination often often occurs when food isn’t handled or cooked properly. Some of the symptoms of food poisoning include nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Most food poisoning is mild and will resolve without treatment, but in some cases it can be severe and treatment may be necessary.
Food Poisoning Testing
The diagnosis of food poisoning is usually based on a detailed history of the problem, such as how long you’ve been sick, what your symptoms are and the types of food you’ve recently eaten. Doctors will perform a physical examination that includes searching for signs of dehydration.
At MEDIQ Urgent Care, we may also perform a diagnostic test, such as stool cultures or blood tests, in order to identify the cause of your symptoms and to confirm the diagnosis. However, even though the diagnosis may be food poisoning, more often than not the specific cause of food poisoning cannot be identified.
Food Poisoning Treatment
Treatment for food poisoning depends a lot on the severity of the symptoms as well as the source of the illness – if it’s even known. For the majority of food poisoning cases, the illness will resolve itself within a couple of days. However, even if this is the case, you may want treatment to deal with the discomfort of the symptoms. Treatment typically involves:
- Fluid replacement – Food poisoning generally causes dehydration due to the loss of fluids through persistent diarrhea. Medical professionals will often recommend drinking lots of fluids in order to maintain the proper balance of fluids in the body. In severe cases of food poisoning and dehydration, the patient may need to be provided with fluids intravenously.
- Antibiotics – If your symptoms are severe or if you have a certain type of bacterial food poisoning, you may be prescribed antibiotics. Antibiotics can also help prevent the infection from affecting a baby in a patient that is pregnant. In extremely severe cases of food poisoning, such as food poisoning that’s caused by listeria, antibiotics may need to be provided to the patient intravenously.
See a Provider Today
If you think that you have gotten food poisoning and your symptoms are too uncomfortable or severe to wait on an appointment with your primary physician, head to MEDIQ Urgent Care. You can walk in when it’s convenient for you, or check in online to save time.