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Emergency Care for Food Poisoning

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Food poisoning, when not treated immediately can be fatal. It can start as a minor headache and can escalate to a more severe stage in less than an hour of non-treatment. While it can be categorized as an emergency case, there are ways you can help ease, if not stop, the effects of food poisoning. A person who is experiencing the condition should receive medical attention to prevent the most adverse effects of food poisoning. In certain cases, emergency care for food poisoning is needed and a first aid training can help lessen the rate of severity of the condition.

First aid and home remedies for food poisoning

  • When the person is experiencing nausea and vomiting, let him vomit. This is the first step in removing the poison in his body. After this, the person may feel a lot better.
  • Apply cold towel on the forehead to ease the headache.
  • If the person is dehydrated, let the person sip water.
  • The person may experience food cravings later. Make sure to avoid eating greasy or spicy food. Crackers and bread are your best options.

Call a doctor immediately when:

  • The symptoms of nausea and vomiting or diarrhea last for more than 2 days.
  • The person experience severe dizziness
  • There is blood in the stool
  • Severe dehydration
  • Erratic heart palpitation
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An epinephrine kit to counteract anaphylaxis in food poisoning

Emergency care for food poisoning

In case the condition becomes a medical emergency at home, you can do the following:

  • Allow the person to drink diluted juice once the vomiting stops. In case the person cannot tolerate fluid intake, take the person to the hospital immediately.
  • Severe anaphylactic reaction may occur due to food poisoning that can induce an allergic reaction. Use an epinephrine kit to prevent the adverse serious effects of anaphylaxis.
  • Small children can easily become dehydrated with vomiting than adults. Make sure to take the child to a doctor to prevent more serious complications on your child’s condition.
  • Take oral rehydration mixtures for fluid replacement after vomiting.
  • Help the person to become comfortable as the condition may result in further agitation to the person’s behavior.
  • Give paracetamol to reduce fever.

Prevention against food poisoning

Food poisoning can be prevented by taking the following measures to ensure safety in your home and kitchen especially to children:

  • Sanitize your countertops, kitchen table, plates and other kitchen utensils.
  • Always do the habit of checking the expiration date on the foods stored in your cupboards and refrigerator.
  • Keep in mind the precautions provided in the food labels.
  • Always refrigerate leftovers and throw perishable foods immediately when no longer viable for cooking.
  • Rinse the fruits and vegetables well before serving.
  • Wash your hands regularly.


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