Last time I talked about vomiting; you know one of the causes of a lot of vomiting? Food poisoning.

Food poisoning can be caused viruses, bacteria, or just other toxins we happen to ingest. These can come about naturally (poisonous mushrooms or fish with high mercury levels) or somehow from the environment, like if the food is improperly prepared or left out too long.

Some standard symptoms of food poisoning include abdominal cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, and other flu-like symptoms. The symptoms can vary slightly depending on the cause; among the causes are salmonella, listeria, campylobacter, norovirus/rotavirus, and E.coli, but I’m sure those aren’t the only causes.

Normally, you don’t need to see a doctor for food poisoning. Yeah, it sucks, but it’s not really life threatening. However, if you’re part of a high-risk group (babies, elderly, or pregnant) you should definitely talk to a doctor as soon as you can. ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE PREGNANT! I cannot stress that enough. Listeria has been known to cause miscarriages. If you’re outside the high-risk group, there are still a few reasons you should see the doctor about food poisoning. If your symptoms are very severe, have lasted 3 or more days, you can keep any fluids down 24 hours after getting sick, or if there’s blood or mucus in your vomit/diarrhea, you should definitely go get some help.

For the mild cases, it’s important to stay hydrated. You can try sucking on ice chips or sipping on water. Re-hydration solutions from pharmacies are available to ensure you’re getting electrolytes as well as fluid in your system. Don’t try to jump back into full-force, daily life until you feel comfortable doing so. Sometimes you may be able to get antibiotics to help with bacterial cases of food poisoning, but they aren’t really necessary.

So food poisoning sucks, just like just about everything I talk about on here. Still, not normally life threatening, though high-risk groups need to keep an eye out. Also, make sure your food is prepared right, don’t eat food left out for too long, and don’t eat weird things.

Info: Health Direct: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/food-poisoning

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