An illness which widely affects us all several times over our life span when we consume contaminated food and beverages. As the name suggests, the bacteria or parasite enters our body and starts slowing down our immune system. Our body reacts and we try to get rid of the two most common food poisoning conditions vomiting and diarrhea.
Medical attention is not always necessary in mild food poisoning. As our body recovers on its own however even then patients can opt for antibiotics and home remedies. Common viruses that enter our body are salmonella or E.coli which is a virus like the norovirus.
Food Poisoning Conditions (The Basics)
food poisoning conditions start showing in early 24 hours and can take up to a week or month. Mild food poisoning if left alone recovers on its own and does not need any medical attention. However if the conditions start to worsen then patient must consult a doctor immediately. The very few basic conditions include loss of appetite, chills, aching muscles, lack of energy and weakness, stomach cramps, high temperature, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
As many food poisoning conditions are treatable and mild, a very rare and unique bacteria like the Botulism enters the body and causes the most deadly food poisoning as the bacteria feeds ff in an oxygen free environment, which makes it different from the other food borne illnesses. Botulism has its own conditions and they are dry mouth, fatigue or weakness, dizziness, difficulty swallowing or speaking, double vision or blurred vision and at the worst case could lead to paralysis
Food Poisoning Conditions – What to Do Next
Generally people recover from food poisoning while staying at home and maintaining a healthy bland diet so they are not attracting any more bacteria. The only and best way to combat food poisoning is to consume fluids which help replace the extensive fluids being lost in vomiting and diarrhea. Patients are advised to opt for oral rehydration solutions like Pedialyte and Gatorade.
As mentioned before, the contamination can happen at any point thus proper measures should be taken to avoid it. The following are a few ways food gets contaminated:
Not cooking the food thoroughly, the spread of bacteria between contaminated foods which is known as cross-contamination. Leaving cooked food for too long at warm temperatures or not correctly storing food, eating food that has expired. Someone who is ill or unhygienic has touched the food and not adequately reheating previously cooked food.
Common Contaminated Foods
At any point of the process we must ensure that it is hygienic and does not allow it to get contaminated. Susceptible to contamination are raw eggs, raw shellfish, poultry and raw meat and unpasteurized milk which have several preservatives.