Biscuits help to settle the stomach.
Hardly anyone anticipates food poisoning, as the meal itself can look, smell, and taste perfectly right away. It is only a few hours or days after eating a contaminated food that the worst of symptoms can appear – vomiting, severe headache, diarrhea, fatigue, gastric discomfort, and the like. In rare cases, serious food poisoning agents such as salmonella, E. coli, or botulism can cause serious medical problems for the elderly, young children, or people with compromised immune systems. It is vitally important to treat food poisoning symptoms as soon as they appear.
Antacids can delay recovery from food poisoning.
A home remedy for suspected food poisoning is bed rest. Many cases of food poisoning are caused by parasites or bacteria, which enter the body by the thousands or millions immediately after eating contaminated food. As a defense mechanism, your body must start sending out antibodies to fight the invasion. All of this takes time, however, so victims of food poisoning need to minimize other activities to allow the body to heal. If you suspect food poisoning, see a doctor to prescribe antibiotics and stay in bed for several days.
Sports drink powder, which can be used to replenish electrolytes.
For many people who suffer from food poisoning, the symptoms can be more difficult to control than the disease itself. Vomiting attacks, for example, should be followed by rounds of fluid replacement. The body’s natural electrolytes need to be replenished, so victims may want to consume sports drinks or fortified bottled water. Popsicles and frozen juice bars can also help food poisoning patients stay hydrated between meals. The effects of vomiting can also be alleviated with over-the-counter liquid medications designed to coat the throat and esophagus. Antacid pills can provide some relief, but they can also slow down the stomach’s natural recovery process.
Bottled water can be used to rehydrate.
Feelings of nausea can be treated by limiting the victim’s diet to liquids and soups until the food poisoning event has passed. Some find that saltine crackers or slices of fresh bread can also calm waves of nausea. A room’s temperature may also need to be adjusted for maximum comfort, as excessive heat or cold can cause nausea. Stress can often make nausea worse, so victims can benefit from relaxing music and pleasant conversations with visitors.
A slice of fresh bread can help calm nausea.
One of the hallmarks of many food poisoning incidents is chronic diarrhea and bloating. The ingested chemicals, parasites, or bacteria often wreak havoc on the victim’s entire digestive tract. Normal digestion becomes virtually impossible as the body’s fluid levels and bloodstream change to attack invading organisms. As the bacteria or parasites die, they often leave acidic or gaseous residues in their wake. In cases of moderate to severe food poisoning, victims may begin to wonder if they will ever be able to regain their normal digestive function.
Feelings of nausea from food poisoning can be treated by limiting the individual’s diet to clear liquids and soups.
Home treatments for diarrhea and bloating should include over-the-counter medications specifically formulated for severe symptoms, meaning ‘maximum strength’ dosages. The organisms responsible for most food poisoning incidents tend to draw moisture from surrounding tissues into the intestines. This excess fluid prevents the normal formation of solid body waste. Diarrhea medications contain ingredients designed to restore the proper balance of fluids in the digestive tract. Until this balance is restored over time, victims should stay hydrated as much as possible.
Frozen juice bars can help people stay hydrated if they are overcoming food poisoning.
Possibly the most effective home remedy for food poisoning is prevention. Always keep food away from insects and exposure to chemicals. Never use the same cutting board for raw and cooked food. Keep food packaged and refrigerated when not served immediately. Make sure the meats are well cooked before serving.
Only hire licensed vendors to deliver food on a large scale. Always discard spoiled food or food that smells, tastes or looks noticeably different from other batches. Many food poisoning incidents are not caused by contaminated food, but by human mishandling or negligence.