According to the Centers for Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 1 in 6 Americans faces food poisoning every year. Food poisoning symptoms can start within hours after eating the contaminated food, or they can begin days or even weeks later.
Sickness caused by foodborne illness mostly resolves within a few hours or can last for several days. To prevent it, avoid food for the first few hours as your stomach settles down. This article provides essential information on preventing and treating food poisoning and increasing recovery time.
Food poisoning (or foodborne illness) is a widespread but preventable medical condition caused by eating spoiled food contaminated with harmful pathogens like bacteria, parasites, or viruses. This condition can also be caused by consuming food contaminated with metals or chemicals.
Foodborne illnesses are usually gastrointestinal, i.e., they trigger symptoms in your digestive tract. However, it can also affect other organs. Depending on the type of food poisoning, your symptoms may vary in severity and length of time. Some symptoms include:
Depending on what substance contaminated the food, how much of it you ingested, and the severity of your symptoms, your foodborne illness may last for a few hours, a few days, or even a few weeks. However, the condition generally subsides within a couple of days without needing any urgent medical care.
Below are a few ways to prevent it:
Typically, you can address your foodborne illness at home with various natural or home remedies. Some such home remedies include:
Contact your doctor if you’re experiencing these symptoms:
Foodborne illness, although not serious, should be taken care of with immediate precautions. At MI Express Urgent Care, we provide consultation and treatment for food poisoning. If you or a loved one need to alleviate any symptoms or if you need tips to prevent, call us at 734-388-4999.
Dr. Umayr Azimi, a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, is the Medical Director of MI Express Urgent Care and MI Express Primary Care in Canton, Michigan. He is a board-certified physician with advanced training in a wide range of non-life-threatening medical conditions. He believes that every visit is unique and treats every patient as an individual to ensure that all of his patients get the best treatment.