What to Do? Emergency Tips / Food Poisoning

sick-cartoonHoliday festivities have you running to the bathroom? With all the parties and celebrations, food poisoning is common this time of year. Symptoms can include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, bloating and low-grade temperatures. Fortunately, this condition usually does not require any specific treatment and is self-limited.

It is extremely important to prevent dehydration. Try small frequent sips of clear fluids and electrolyte containing beverages. Avoid milk containing products, tobacco and alcohol as these may worsen symptoms. Once you are able to tolerate solids, start with bland foods, complex carbohydrates(potatoes/breads) and lean meats.

If your symptoms are lasting more than a few days, you have high fevers or blood/mucous in your stool, you must see your doctor for further evaluation. Remember, prevention is key so be sure to wash your hands after using the restroom, clean kitchen surfaces and cook foods to appropriate temperatures.