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How can I control nausea and vomiting while treating food poisoning?

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  • Avoid solid foods until vomiting ends. Then eat light, bland foods, such as saltine crackers, bananas, rice, or bread.
  • Sipping liquids may help avoid vomiting.
  • Don’t eat fried, greasy, spicy, or sweet foods.
  • Don’t take anti-nausea or anti-diarrhea medication without asking your doctor. They have side effects and may make some kinds of diarrhea worse. Your doctor may give you anti-nausea medication if you could be dehydrated.

From: Food Poisoning Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Merck Manuals Online Medical Library: “Chemical Food Poisoning.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Nausea and Vomiting.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Bacteria and Foodborne Illnesses.”

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: “Food Poisoning and Safe Food Handling - Topic Overview.”

eMedicineHealth: " ." Food Poisoning

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Merck Manuals Online Medical Library: “Chemical Food Poisoning.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Nausea and Vomiting.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Bacteria and Foodborne Illnesses.”

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: “Food Poisoning and Safe Food Handling - Topic Overview.”

eMedicineHealth: " ." Food Poisoning

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 17, 2018

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