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What should you do to treat diarrhea from food poisoning?

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Tempting as taking medication may be, you typically want to avoid over-the-counter medicine to stop your diarrhea. That’s because the diarrhea is helping to get rid of whatever is making you sick.

If you think you need it, check with your doctor first. Don’t give it to children -- the side effects for them could be serious.

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 3, 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 3, 2019

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