What Are the Best Treatment for Food Poisoning?

Q:
What are the best treatment for food poisoning?

A:
When you have food poisoning, the first thing you want is relief. Your symptoms depend on what caused you to get sick, but you usually have diarrhea, throwing up, and an upset stomach at the least. It’s no fun, but it’s how your body tries to kick out the toxins and get you better.

However, what can we do for the treatment?

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 lose a lot of fluids — this is called dehydration — 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.

What Can We Do at Home?

  • Avoid food for the first few hours as your stomach settles down
  • Drink water, broth, or an electrolyte solution, which will replace the minerals that you lose with vomiting and diarrhea
  • Eat when you feel ready, but start with small amounts of bland, nonfatty foods such as toast, rice, and crackers
  • Get plenty of rest

Remember to view appointment with doctors when you really feel terrible.

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.