Most cases of food poisoning are mild, lasting from one to three days. Since many people do not seek medical care, their food poisoning is not diagnosed.
Though your symptoms may sound suspicious, the only way to know for sure if you have food poisoning is to test the offending food or check the stool, blood, or vomit.
Chemical or toxin food poisoning can usually be diagnosed by a description of symptoms and by testing food potentially responsible for the poisoning.
The goal of treatment is to replace fluids and
electrolytes lost through vomiting and diarrhea. If
dehydration is severe and can't be managed at home, you may need treatment in
the hospital, where fluids and electrolytes may be given to you by inserting a
needle into your vein (intravenously).
Medicines that stop diarrhea (such as Imodium) can
help with your symptoms. But these medicines shouldn't be used in children or
in people with a high fever or bloody diarrhea.
Antibiotics are rarely used and only for certain types
of food poisoning or in severe cases.
Pregnant women with
toxoplasmosis may receive antibiotics.
information on treating diarrhea or dehydration, see:
women should always consult their doctors if they think they may
have food poisoning, because the infection can be passed on to the
Toxoplasmosis and listeriosis can also harm your baby. If you are diagnosed with either of these
conditions during pregnancy, you will be treated with antibiotics. To learn more, see Toxoplasmosis During Pregnancy.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
October 18, 2012
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