According to the world Centres for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) reports, every year, about 33 million people suffer from stints of vomiting, diarrhea and nausea in the USA alone. A high percentage of these victims usually end up putting the blame on “Something they ate”. As much as food poisoning may be common, it has very unpleasant afflictions.
Food poisoning is generally caused by the consumption of bacterially contaminated food. Some of the commonly known bacteria that can cause food poisoning include: Streptococcus aureus, salmonella, Escherichia coli O157:H7 and some E. coli strains like shigella and Clostridium botullium.
Food poisoning can also be caused by viruses like the Norwalk agent which cause additional hepatitis A and B symptoms, environmental toxins like the heavy mercury element and toxic poisons produced within food itself like with mushroom and shell fish. Food poisoning can either be catalysed or treated using:
Natural Homemade Remedies
These are remedies that are in most cases crushed and added to food, drinks or beverages.
Ginger – This remedy is also very effective with treating other types of digestive system issues. You can stir one table spoon of powered ginger in your tea or you can take it raw if you feel comfortable taking it like that. It works by preventing both the growth and reproduction of food poisoning bacteria within your bowel.
Cumin – Apart from just enhancing the taste and aroma of your food, one table spoon of crushed cumin seeds added to your food, can help in providing relief by reducing intestine inflammation after food poisoning.
Bananas – Bananas are very effective when it comes to treating diarrhoea and constipation. They are very easy to digest and help in lubricating your rectal walls. However, you should remember not to eat more than two bananas because this can enhance diarrhea.
Apples – Apples help in combating the acid reflux or reducing heart burn. They also help by inhibiting the growth of bacteria that are responsible for stomach ache and diarrhea.
Salt Water – Gargling salt water can prove to be a very soothing remedy when it comes to treating food poisonings that cause irritation to your throat.
Water – Staying hydrated when under the influence of food poisoning is very vital because water helps in diluting both a poison and its effects to the body
Artificial or Modern Contemporary Remedies
The artificial remedies include:
Electrolytic ally balanced replacement fluids – Body electrolytes are those salts and minerals that form electrically charged particles or ions in body fluids. They are very vital because they regulate a body’s fluid balance. In cases of food poisoning, most pharmacists would prescribe pleasant tasting, electrolytic ally balanced replacement fluids. These fluids help to maintain body fluids after dehydration in case of vomiting and diarrhea and also helps in maintain low concentrations of the poison in your blood stream. These fluids are mostly prescribed to those who are taking diuretics.
Antibiotics – Antibiotics are very effective in eliminating the various types of bacteria responsible for food poisoning. Examples of these antibiotic include; Trimethroprim, sulfamethoxazole, ampiclin and ciprofloxacin. However, you should note that there are those antibiotics like botulism antitoxin that are only administered to adults and not to infants. It is administered 72 hours after manifestation of symptoms.
Dialysis – Dialysis is a type of food poisoning treatment that involves draining waste products from the kidney when food poisoning effects are proving to be fatal.
If you get the health insurance card, you will be advised that to avoid food poisoning, always purchase pasteurized dairy products and fruit juices, cook all your foods to the recommended internal temperature (you can use the meat thermometer in case of meat) and finally keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.
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