Food Poisoning – Signs, Symptoms and When to See Your Doctor

Food poisoning is usually the result from eating food that has been contaminated with salmonella or E coli bacteria. Depending on what type of bacteria you have come in contact with, symptoms can start anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Although most cases of food poisoning are short and run their course within 24 to 48 hours, the intensity of the symptoms can make it seem much longer.

Signs and Symptoms

The most common symptoms associated with food poisoning are the following:

–          Nausea

–          Abdominal pain

–          Vomiting

–          Diarrhea

–          Fever

How to Get Through it

Due to the amount of vomiting and diarrhea that can occur, you are at a higher risk for dehydration. Although it may be difficult to keep down any liquids at first, you want to slowly start to introduce water back into your diet as the symptoms begin to wear off. Sports drinks can also help replenish any electrolytes, potassium and sodium lost from the result of diarrhea and vomiting.

It is also important that you get plenty of rest to help your body fight off the invasive bacteria. As indicated above, symptoms should eventually subside after 24 to 48 hours. If they do not for any reason, something more serious may be going on and the attention of a medical professional may be needed.

Seeking Medical Attention

If you are experiencing the symptoms of food poisoning and they last longer than two days, it is recommended that you visit a doctor who can thoroughly investigate your symptoms and make a proper diagnosis.

For those of you in the Atlanta and surrounding metro area, WellStreet Urgent Care is there to help meet your needs. With our board certified physicians and a generous, caring staff on hand, you will be able to get the proper attention you need – and fast! No need for an appointment – just walk on in and get treated right away.