No matter the time of year, food poisoning can happen. Whether it’s during holiday parties or a backyard cookout, food safety should be at the top of everyone’s mind. Sometimes food is not prepared correctly or bacteria grows due to improper storage. When this happens you can fall ill and get food poisoning.
Symptoms of Food Poisoning
Food poisoning symptoms are very noticeable and unfortunately, cause a lot of pain & discomfort. Thankfully, symptoms normally last 1-3 days. It’s important for those with weakened immune systems to get plenty of rest and rehydrate with water and electrolytes.
Some symptoms of food poisoning are:
- Stomach cramps
- Loss of Appetite
How can we test for food poisoning?
Food poising can usually be tested with a simple stool test. A stool test is one of the most effective ways to check for food poisoning. However, since symptoms are normally very obvious, a test is often not required.
How to avoid food poisoning
Food that is undercooked can harbor bacteria that is harmful to our bodies. Undercooked food can carry some bacteria that lead to food-borne illnesses. Also, food that is prepared on an unsanitary surface this can also lead to food poisoning. This can include cross-contamination with cutting knives or cutting boards.
Lastly, avoid food poisoning by storing food within two hours of cooking. Refrigeration can help slow the growth of bacteria, leaving food safe to eat for longer.
How to treat food poisoning
There is no true treatment for food-borne illnesses. However, it’s essential to replace lost fluids in your body with water and electrolytes. Electrolytes are crucial to getting back into your body to avoid serious dehydration. If you have any more questions or concerns please contact AFC Urgent Care Paramus at 201-262-2010