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How is food poisoning treated?

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In most cases, there isn’t much your doctor can specifically do for you, and you get better on your own within a few days.

Adults or children who get dehydrated due to lost fluids may need to go the hospital to get an IV. This will replace your fluids and electrolytes more quickly.

For severe food poisoning caused by certain bacteria, such as listeria, you may get antibiotics, but with most bacteria, you may not get any medication unless you have a weak immune system or you’re pregnant.

You may also get medicine for food poisoning caused by parasites. For viruses, there’s nothing you can take.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Food Poisoning,” “Food-borne Illness: First Aid.”

NIH: “Why is the neurobiology of nausea and vomiting so important?”

NHS: “Food Poisoning.”

Poison Control: “Food Poisoning.”

KidsHealth: “Food Poisoning,” “Gastrointestinal Infections and Diarrhea,” “Basic Blood Tests.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Food Poisoning.”

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on April 03, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Food Poisoning,” “Food-borne Illness: First Aid.”

NIH: “Why is the neurobiology of nausea and vomiting so important?”

NHS: “Food Poisoning.”

Poison Control: “Food Poisoning.”

KidsHealth: “Food Poisoning,” “Gastrointestinal Infections and Diarrhea,” “Basic Blood Tests.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Food Poisoning.”

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on April 03, 2019

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