Suffering from a food-borne illness?
A food-borne illness, commonly called “food poisoning,” is often the direct result of improper handling of food, poor cooking or unsanitary storage practices resulting in the multiplication of bacteria into a number that can cause serious illness. In addition to bacteria, parasites, viruses, toxins and a variety of chemicals also can contaminate food and cause illness.
Symptoms of Food Poisoning
- Abdominal pain
Risk Factors for Food Poisoning
- Age. The immune systems of older adults may not respond as quickly as they once did, and the immune systems of infants and children haven’t fully developed yet. Both factors put these people at greater risk for the bacteria to cause illness.
- Existing Medical Disorders. Any existing medical condition or disease that already taxes the immune system may prevent it from properly defending against bacteria or other toxins in food.
Food Poisoning First Aid Tips
Use these food-borne illness first aid tips if you suspect you or someone else has been infected:
- Rest by sitting or lying down.
- Keep hydrated with simple liquids.
- Avoid anti-diarrhea medications for both adults and children because they can potentially inhibit the elimination of illness-causing organisms and toxins from your bod
Food poisoning typically runs it’s course within 48 hours. If not, please contact us today or stop by one of our clinics so we can address the issue and get you back to health. At Physician Partners of America, your well-being is our #1 concern. Notify us immediately if you experience bloody diarrhea, the symptoms listed above become very severe, or you are among those mentioned in the “at risk” portion.