Causes, symptoms and treatment.

Why do I get food poisoning?

You get it from bacteria or other contaminants that have been in contact with the food. The most common causes are:

  • Food not cooked enough (meat has to reach 70°C at the core)
  • Food kept for over 2 hours at room temperature
  • Products washed in contaminated water
  • Hands not washed or washed in contaminated water
  • Ice cubes / drinks made from tap water/ contaminated water

 

 


Symptoms of food poisoning

Acute diarrhea, vomiting and stomach cramps are the most common symptoms of food poisoning. You can have one symptom or you can have them all together. Usually there is no fever, so pain and the rapid loss of fluids are the main problems. Staying hydrated is crucial to prevent complications and to ensure optimal recovery.

Treatment for food poisoning

Often it goes away by itself, so all you do is keep the salt –water balance healthy, rest and wait. Sometimes you may need medications such as Imodium, Lopedium or Loperamid, that can be safely used with Alvogen ORS. Because food poisoning means you lose a lot of fluids and electrolytes, you need to replenish your body with Alvogen ORS. Try to eat as you can, drink fluids and rest.

When do I need to see a doctor for diarrhea?

Diarrhea can cause you to lose a large amount of water in a very short time, especially in children. Look out for these signs, if they are present you need to see a doctor:

  • Diarrhea with a high fever
  • Diarrhea for more than three days
  • Diarrhea in children for longer than one day
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Black diarrhea or other strange color
  • Severe watery diarrhea, like rice water, after only a few hours

Is diarrhea always food poisoning?

All of us experience diarrhea sometimes in our life. It can be due to:

  • Food poisoning
  • Cold or flu
  • Stress, or too much emotional strain
  • Reaction to a food your body is not used to
  • Reaction to drugs, for example antibiotics
  • Chronic condition, like Crohn´s disease