When You Should See Your Doctor
Some mild food poisoning conditions can be treated and managed at home. But you need to see the doctor immediately if you see these signs:
- The nausea and vomiting has lasted for more than 24 hours.
- The patient is feeling weak alongside severe vomiting and nausea.
- The patient suffers from any of food poisoning symptoms accompanied by high fever (exceeding 102 degrees Fahrenheit).
- He or she is having severe diarrhea and/or contains blood.
If you suspect food poisoning has occurred to a child, a pregnant woman, the elderly or anyone with a compromised immune system, do not wait for 24 hours. Take them to an emergency room immediately.
Food poisoning can be an unpleasant experience and there are certain health risks involved. For most people, if given proper first aid and treatment, the illness resolves after a day or two. But for some, it can be dangerous or even deadly if not properly treated.
To avoid food poisoning, make it a habit to check and double-check your food. Take extra precautions when serving food to a child, the elderly, or those who are pregnant. Observe proper hygiene and keep everything clean. Always make sure you and your family will enjoy a clean and safe meal.
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