Generally, food poisoning causes some combination of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea that may or may not be bloody, sometimes with other symptoms.
After eating tainted food, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting, can start as early as one hour in the case of staph and as late as 10 days in the case of campylobacter. It may take even longer to develop symptoms from parasite infections such as Giardia. Symptoms can last from one day up to a couple of months or longer, depending on the type of...
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.
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October 18, 2012
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