A Salmonella bacterium, a common cause of food poisoning.
Cramps caused by food poisoning can be particularly uncomfortable. Antibiotics are the preferred treatment for food poisoning because these drugs can often kill the organisms that cause the disease. To control the painful cramping that accompanies the infection, however, patients can drink ginger or chamomile tea, or drink small amounts of apple cider vinegar. It is important to consume plenty of fluids during an attack of food poisoning to prevent dehydration.
Chamomile tea can be a natural remedy for treating cramps caused by food poisoning.
Treatment for cramping from food poisoning includes antibiotics. As food poisoning is normally caused by a bacterial organism, the use of antibiotics often eradicates systemic bacteria, relieving cramping. All antibiotic treatment needs to be stopped or the infection may not be cured. It can be difficult for a person to tolerate antibiotic therapy, however, because antibiotics can sometimes cause abdominal pain and diarrhea, making symptoms even worse.
Stomach cramps can be a sign of food poisoning.
Causes of food poisoning include consumption of undercooked meat and fish, contaminated water, and unpasteurized apple cider and milk. In addition, it can be caused by food handlers, bacterial growth in food, and even improperly canned food. It is also important to note that food poisoning can be contracted from food that has been left out of the fridge for a long time, usually for more than two hours.
Ginger tea or raw ginger helps relieve stomach upset.
Other methods to relieve cramping from food poisoning include drinking chamomile tea, which can help relax the gastrointestinal tract and relieve abdominal spasms and cramping. In addition, over-the-counter diarrhea medications can also help relieve cramping, but the patient should consult a medical professional before taking them to make sure it is appropriate for this condition.
If the cramping from food poisoning doesn’t subside after a few days, medical attention may be needed.
When the cramps are especially severe, the patient will likely not be able to tolerate eating too much. He should drink fluids, however, so as not to become dehydrated. In addition to causing cramping, food poisoning can cause significant nausea and vomiting, making eating and drinking a challenge. Drinking ginger tea and eating small amounts of fresh ginger can prevent nausea, but again, this should be discussed with a medical professional before doing this.
Small amounts of apple cider vinegar can help treat stomach cramps.
Apple cider vinegar can help relieve stomach cramps because it may contain antimicrobial properties that can help alleviate the actual infection by relieving symptoms. Mixing 2 teaspoons (9.8 ml) of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and consuming it a few times a day can help get rid of abdominal cramps and diarrhea. While apple cider vinegar is considered safe, consuming large amounts can contribute to stomach upset.
Food poisoning can arise from improperly canned products.
While home remedies to reduce cramping from food poisoning can help significantly, if you don’t get relief after a few days, medical intervention may be required. Prolonged symptoms can indicate a more dangerous type of food poisoning which, if not quickly recognized and treated, can lead to extremely serious symptoms, including organ failure. In addition to cramping, nausea, and vomiting, other symptoms of food poisoning can include chills, fever, fatigue, and weakness. In addition, numbness and tingling in the extremities may occur, which can signal the onset of neurological complications.