Food Poisoning Treatment Question and Answers
If you are showing signs or symptoms of food poisoning that may be severe or life-threatening, come visit us immediately at Primary Care 360. We will be able to offer a treatment or help for you to have your food poisoning subside. For more information, call us or schedule an appointment. We have convenient locations near you in Sherwood, East End and White Hall, AR.
What are the symptoms of food poisoning?
Many times, we have heard of food poisoning cases go undetected, either due to the individual thinking it was the flu or another cause, the source of the infection will affect each individual much differently than the next. The amount of time it can take for someone to see any symptoms from food poisoning may vary; however, it usually ranges from one hour after eating contaminated, toxic or spoiled food, to as long as 28 days after.
Many of the common symptoms of food poisoning typically include a least one of these three:
- Abdominal cramping
- Loss of appetite
- Mild fever
Symptoms that are from food poisoning that can be life-threatening, and need to be seen by a doctor immediately include:
- Diarrhea that is consistently non-stop for more than three days
- Fever of 101.5oF or higher
- Any issues with your sight or speaking abilities
- Severe symptoms of dehydration, which may include dry mouth, passing little to no urine, as well as difficulty keeping any fluids down
- Bloody urine
If you experience any of the above severe symptoms, it is highly recommended you immediately visit an emergency room. If you are experiencing other symptoms of food poisoning that are not severe or life-threatening in nature, visit Primary Care 360.
What causes food poisoning?
Food poisoning is the result of consuming food or drinks that are contaminated, spoiled or toxic. Food poisoning is not uncommon to deal with; however, it can be quite uncomfortable to deal with.
The most common symptoms many deal with when they have food poisoning is nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.
Food poisoning cases are due to these three causes:
Bacteria is the most common and prevalent cause of food poisoning cases that we see. A well-known dangerous bacteria like E. Coli, Listeria as well as Salmonella are just a few that are often the causes.
Salmonella is most of the most common and biggest culprits of serious food poisonings, as many hospitalizations are often traced back to salmonella infections.
Parasite food poisoning cases are not as common as that of bacteria; however, parasites can still spread through food which can be very dangerous. Typically, parasites are found in cat litter boxes. Toxoplasma is a parasite that can end up living in your digestive tract for years undetected, People with weakened immune systems or that are pregnant are at a much higher risk of serious side effects if parasites get into their system than others.
Viruses are another and the last food poisoning cause, the most well-known virus that causes food poisoning is called Norovirus. And finally, another well-known virus that many have heard of before that is transmitted through food and drinks it Hepatitis A.
What are the types of food poisoning?
If someone walks-in to our clinic to be diagnosed with food poisoning, they are normally put into one of these three categories for food poisoning types:
If you think you may have food poisoning, it is crucial that you keep your body hydrated, even until you have been given a treatment, remain hydrated. Drinking sports drinks which offer electrolytes are helpful in aiding dehydration. Fruit juice as well can aid in dehydration, as well as coconut water which can restore carbohydrates and help with fatigue which many experience with food poisoning cases.
When to see a doctor for food poisoning?
Many times, food poisoning will cease on its own accord, you may need to call your doctor if you start showing signs of dehydration, which include:
- Dry mouth or extreme thirst
- Rarely peeing or dark, concentrated urine
- Rapid heartbeat
- Low blood pressure
- Weakness, dizziness or a lightheaded feeling come upon you, especially when you go from lying down or sitting to standing
Call your doctor immediately or go visit a doctor immediately if you see any of these signs or symptoms:
- Blood in your vomit
- Blood in your poop
- Blurry vision
- Diarrhea for more than 3 days consecutively
- Extreme bouts of pain or cramping in your belly
- Fever of 101.5oF or higher
- Throwing up that will not stop – especially if you cannot keep liquids down
- Tingle in your arms
- Weakness in your muscles
At Primary Care 360, we can help you diagnose and treat food poisoning. We have convenient locations to better serve you in Sherwood, AR, East End, AR, and White Hall, AR. We look forward to serving you! We serve patients from Sherwood AR, Hensley AR, White Hall AR, Little Rock AR, Jacksonville AR, Maumelle AR, Cabot AR, Bryant AR, East End AR, and Conway AR.