What is it?

Food poisoning is a gastrointestinal condition that is caused by the ingestion of food contaminated with bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of food poisoning usually occurs within a few hours after eating the contaminated food/drinks. They include the following:

  • Loose stools or diarrhoea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Nausea.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Fever with or without chills.
  • Fatigue.
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness.
  • Indigestion.
  • Flatulence.
  • Dehydration.

What to expect?

If you are diagnosed with food poisoning, you can consider discussing the following subjects with your doctor:

  • If you are taking other medications for other conditions, what treatment option is recommended?
  • In order to prevent contracting the disease again in the future, what measures should you do?

In addition to treatment by your doctor, you can try the following things:

  • Painkillers might help in relieving pain and fever.
  • Increase fluid intake.
  • Bed rest.
  • Carry on giving breast or bottle feeds to your baby – if they’re being sick, try giving small feeds more often than usual.
  • For babies on formula or solid foods, give small sips of water between feeds.
  • Eat when you feel able to – you don’t need to have or avoid any specific foods.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently.
  • Wash dirty clothing and bedding separately on a hot wash.
  • Clean toilet seats, flush handles, taps, surfaces and door handles every day

Seek immediate consult if the following occurs:

  • Symptoms worsens.
  • Severe dehydration.

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