In Coral Springs and the surrounding area, there are wide variety of restaurants and diners to choose from. But not all of them maintain high standards when it comes to cleanliness, whether that be in the way food is stored or employee hygiene.
So if your stomach starts feeling queasy or you have a sudden onset of diarrhea after a meal out, you could be suffering from food poisoning. But there are certain things about the condition that may surprise. That’s because food poison is not always something that occurs overnight. In this article, I’ll explain how various contaminant can spoil your food, what you can do about it, and when you need to seek help.
In addition to nausea and diarrhea, other standard symptoms of food poisoning include vomiting, fever, and stomach discomfort.
However, you’ll know that it may be time to visit a doctor if the severity in your symptoms include blood showing up anywhere, diarrhea that lasts more than a few days, non-stop vomiting, a fever that reaches 102 degrees, or changes in your vision.
Should any of these severe situations arise, you should visit a Coral Springs walk-in clinic. In most cases you won’t even need to make an appointment. Learn more by visiting this link http://walkincliniccoralsprings.org/urgent-care-services/
Causes of Food Poisoning
You may be surprised that the symptoms of food poisoning (or foodborne illness as the medical experts call it) don’t always show up shortly after a meal. Of course, if you eat raw shell fish that isn’t fresh or has been properly refrigerated, you’ll probably feel the symptoms in 12 to 48 hours.
But under some conditions where the seafood may simply have been exposed to contaminated water, the symptoms may not show up for 3 or 4 weeks.
So food can be contaminated in a variety of ways including feces, unpasteurized milk, undercooked meat, infected food handler, and more.
And of course, food poisoning isn’t always linked to food preparation at restaurants. You can encounter the same issues at home. Countertops that aren’t properly cleaned are often loaded with bacteria and potential food contaminating viruses.
Sponges, towels, silverware, cutting boards, etc., are all idea hosts for dangerous viruses.
Treatment for Food Poisoning
Depending on the severity of your case, your food poisoning case could pass on it’s own in a few days or it may be necessary to see a doctor.
For mild cases, you can probably find over-the-counter medications to lessen symptoms such as diarrhea or upset stomach. You’re probably familiar with Pepto Bismol and Immodium AD to name a couple of the most popular brands.
But if you need to visit the doctor, you’ll be examined and some blood work may be done. The doctor could put you a program for fluid replenishment and getting your electrolytes back in balance and/or he could put you on antibiotics. In rare cases, you may have to stay overnight in the hospital.
So now you know the symptoms and causes of food poisoning. In many cases, the discomfort will go way in 1 to 3 days. But should be in pain longer than that timeframe seek help. As mentioned above, you can visit a Coral Springs walk-in clinic for immediate assistance. This way you don’t have the issue of making an appointment with a doctor and waiting a week to be seen.