Here are some tips to prevent food poisoning:
Always wash hands before preparing any food; wash utensils with hot soapy water after using them to prepare any meat or fish.
Don't thaw frozen meat at room temperature. Let meat thaw gradually in a refrigerator, or thaw it quickly in a microwave oven and cook immediately.
Avoid uncooked marinated food and raw meat, fish, or eggs; cook all such food thoroughly.
Check expiration dates on all foods.
In restaurants, return any undercooked...
Most people recover from
E. coli infections in 5 to 10 days without the need for
Antibiotics are not recommended. Tell your doctor if
you think you may have E. coli infection and are taking
Nonprescription or prescription diarrhea medicines
usually are not used to treat E. coli infection. Many
antidiarrheal products slow the rate at which food and waste products move
through the intestines. This may allow more time for the body to absorb the
poisons produced by the bacteria, increasing the risk of complications such as
severe blood and kidney problems.
Avoid these nonprescription
products if you have or suspect you have an E. coli
Loperamide products. These include Imodium, Maalox, and other antidiarrheal products. Note: Only those products that list
loperamide in their ingredients should be avoided.
containing salicylates. These include Pepto-Bismol and similar bismuth-based
antidiarrheal products, aspirin, and ibuprofen (such as Advil). Salicylates can
increase bleeding from the intestines. Also, salicylates are associated with
Reye syndrome, a rare but serious illness in
Prescription diarrhea medicines may be harmful when given
to a person with E. coli infection. A doctor may
prescribe one of these medicines if he or she does not know that E. coli caused the diarrhea. Be sure to discuss your symptoms with your
doctor. Sharing information is important to get the proper diagnosis of your
Avoid these prescription medicines if you have or think
you may have an E. coli infection: