Food Poisoning is a disease that usually results in vomiting and diarrhea after a person eats or drinks fluids contaminated with certain bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemicals (toxins). The symptoms and signs of food poisoning are vomiting and diarrhea.

Food-Poisoning

Symptoms and Signs:

  • Abdominal pain or cramps
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Headaches

Depending on the cause of food poisoning, the duration of the majority of food poisoning usually ranges from a few hours after disclosure to contaminated food or fluid to several days. The treatment of food poisoning depends on the cause.

Most people self-cure in a few days, but some causes may benefit from specific antibiotic or antiparasite treatments once the cause is recognized.

Foods that cause food poisoning:

Eggs, Poultry, Meats, Unpasteurized milk or other fluids, Cheese, Raw fruits and vegetables (usually unwashed, Nuts and Spices

Diagnosis:

The physical exam will focus on signs of dehydration and abdominal painfulness, while blood tests, if necessary, may be used to help rule out other problems. Stool samples may be useful to detect blood in the stool. Definitive diagnosis depends on identification of the pathogen or toxic material found in the individual.

Treatment:

Patients are directed to check with their doctor before using the medication.  Antibiotics are not used to treat viral and most bacterial causes of food poisoning but may be used in certain conditions. The treatment of food poisoning is mainly done with fluids to avoid dehydration, especially in children and the elderly.

Home Remedies:

Ginger with Honey:

honey-ginger

Add the ginger to a cup of water and bring it to a boil in a saucepan.

Simmer for 5 minutes and strain. Let the tea cool before adding some honey to it.

Drink it immediately.  We can also mix a few drops of ginger juice with honey and consume it. We can also chew on small pieces of ginger. Take this tea at least thrice daily.

Garlic:

garlic

Crush on the garlic cloves. On the other hand, you can also shred some garlic and consume it with honey. Consume garlic at least once daily.

Grapefruit Seed Extract:

grapefruit seed

Mix few drops of grapefruit seed extract to a glass of water and mix well. Drink this solution daily.

Take this mixture daily thrice for 3 to 5 days.

Basil Leaves with Honey:

 

Basil-And-Honey

Take 3-4 basil (tulsi) leaves and  one  cardamom (elaichi). Take this immediately after you experience food poisoning.

Bananas:

banana

Have a banana daily. We can also blend some bananas with milk and drink it daily. Repeat this 2 to 3 times daily.

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