What is food poisoning?
Food borne illness is more commonly referred to like the food poisoning, is the result of eating spoiled, toxic or contaminated food. The most common symptoms of the food poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea & nausea.
Although its quite uncomfortable, food poisoning is not unusual. According to the CDC, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, 1 in 6 Americans will contract some from of the food poisoning problem every year.
Symptoms of Food Poisoning:
If you have food poisoning, many chances are it would not go undetected. Symptoms can vary depending on source of the different infections. The length of time it takes for symptoms to appear also depends on structure of the infection, but it can range from the little as 1 hour to as log 4 weeks. Mostly common cases of food poisoning will typically include at least 3 symptoms.
- Abdominal Cramps
- Mild Fever
- Loss of appetite
Symptoms of the potentially life-threatening food poisoning include:
- A fever higher than 101.5°F
- Diarrhea persisting for more than 3 days
- Symptoms of severe dehydration, which may include dry mouth, difficulty keeping fluids down & passing little to no urine
- Difficulty speaking or seeing
- Bloody urine
If you experience above-mentioned symptoms, you should contact your doctor immediately.
What causes food poisoning?
Most of the food poisoning can be traced to one of the following 3 major causes:
Bacteria is by far the most prevalent cause of the food poisoning. When thinking of dangerous bacteria, names like Listeria, Salmonella & E. coli come to mind for reason. Salmonella is by far the biggest culprit of the serious food poisoning cases in the US. According to the CDC Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, an estimated Ten Laccases of food poisoning, including nearly Twenty Thousand hospitalizations can trace to salmonella (infection) annually. C. botulinum (botulism) & Campylobacter are 2 lesser-known & potentially lethal bacteria that can lurk in our food.
Food poisoning caused by the parasites is not as common as the food poisoning caused by Bacteria, but the parasites spread through food are still very dangerous. Toxoplasma is a parasite seen most often in cases of the food poisoning. Its typically found in the cat litter boxes. Parasites can live in our digestive tract undetected for many years.
Food poisoning can also be caused by the virus. The Norovirus also knon as a Norwalk virus, causes over the 19 million cases of the food poisoning each year. In many rare cases, it can be fatal.
What is good to eat when you have food poisoning?
It is very best to hold off on solid foods until diarrhea & vomiting have passed & instead ease back to your regular diet by eating simple-to-digest food which are bland & low in fats. Such as:
- Saltine crackers
- Bland potatoes
- Chicken broth
- Boiled vegetables
- Soda without caffeine
- Diluted fruit juices
- Sport drinks
What bad to eat when you have food poisoning?
To prevent your stomach from getting the more upset, try to avoid the following harder to digest foods, even if you think feel the better:
- Dairy products, especially milk & cheese
- Fatty foods
- Highly seasoned foods
- Food with high sugar content
- Spicy foods
- Fried foods
You should also avoid following items
- Caffeine (coffee, energy drinks, soda)