Food Poisoning Treatment Clinic Q&A
Food poisoning can make you severely sick and feel uncomfortable. Don’t go through it alone, contact Fast Aid Urgent Care for comprehensive treatment. For more information, please call us or join the virtual line. We have convenient locations to serve you in Bulverde Rd San Antonio TX, Bastrop TX, Alamo Ranch San Antonio TX, Leon Springs TX, New Braunfels TX and La Grange, TX.
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What are the types of food poisoning?
What are the symptoms of food poisoning?
What causes food poisoning?
Can urgent care treat food poisoning?
Whenever you eat or drink something, you want it to nourish you, or at least not make you sick! However, food poisoning or foodborne illnesses are preventable but not always avoidable. So, when food poisoning happens, it is important to receive quick and effective care, whether at home, an urgent care clinic, or the emergency room.
There are over 250 types of food poisoning, but only a dozen or so that people are commonly infected with. With that in mind, some of the most common types of food poisoning and the foods they typically occur in are as follows:
– Bacillus cereus: prepared foods left out too long at room temperature and spoiled leftovers, rice, sauces, or soups
– Botulism: honey (with infants), as well as bottled garlic, cheese sauce, and improperly canned or preserved foods
– Campylobacter: chicken, contaminated water, shellfish, turkey, and unpasteurized milk
– Clostridium perfringens: beef, food kept at improper temperatures, gravy, or poultry
– Escherichia coli (E. coli): contaminated water, spoiled dairy products or vegetables, undercooked ground beef, and unpasteurized milk
– Hepatitis A (Hep A): contaminated water, foods handled by an infected person, raw or undercooked shellfish, spoiled produce, and uncooked foods
– Listeria (listeriosis): smoked pâtés or seafood, spoiled dairy products or vegetables, and unpasteurized milk
– Norovirus (Norwalk virus): foods contaminated with particles of feces or vomit from an infected person, as well as spoiled produce or shellfish
– Salmonella (salmonellosis): beef, chicken, eggs, nuts, sprouts, and spoiled fruits and vegetables
– Shigella: contaminated food or water
– Staphylococcus aureus (Staphylococcal [Staph] food poisoning): contaminated foods or foods handled by an infected person
– Vibrio bacteria causing vibriosis: raw or undercooked shellfish
Food poisoning symptoms vary according to the type of food poisoning that a patient is infected with. As such, symptoms of food poisoning can include any of the following:
– Abdominal cramps
– Diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting
– Loss of appetite
Other symptoms of food poisoning that indicate a severe and potentially life-threatening reaction are as follows:
– Bloody urine
– Diarrhea that goes on for longer than three days
– Disturbances with speech or vision
– Extreme dehydration, involving a lack of urination or sweating and an inability to keep fluids down
– Fever that rises above 101 degrees Fahrenheit
People acquire food poisoning when they eat foods or drink liquids infected with harmful bacteria, viruses, or parasites. Many foods contain harmful pathogens, especially raw meat, but those pathogens are customarily killed when cooked and heated to a certain temperature. Accordingly, food poisoning typically occurs due to unsafe or unsanitary food handling practices, such as the following:
– Cross-contamination between foods that contain harmful bacteria, viruses, or parasites
– Drinking contaminated water or unpasteurized milk
– Eating raw or undercooked meat or spoiled dairy products, fruits, or vegetables
– Handling food without washing your hands
– Leaving perishable food out of the refrigerator for too long
As long as your case of food poisoning is not life-threatening, urgent care can provide excellent medical treatment for food poisoning. Treatment for food poisoning typically involves intravenous (IV) rehydration or antibiotic treatment to restore electrolytes or fight off harmful bacteria.
If you are experiencing food poisoning, our medical doctors and professionals at Fast Aid Urgent Care would be happy to help you recover strongly and safely. For an appointment or more information about food poisoning treatment, please feel free to call us or visit our clinic.
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