Food Poisoning

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Food Poisoning is caused by bacteria such as salmonella, E. Coli and the norovirus, which are found in food for a variety of reasons.

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Your food might not have been cooked properly, served past its expiry date or prepared by someone who didn’t follow food hygiene practices.

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Food Poisoning Symptoms

If you have food poisoning, the most obvious symptoms you’ll notice will be stomach cramps, along with vomiting and/or diarrhoea. You may also have a fever, muscle or joint pain and a poor appetite.

More serious symptoms include signs of dehydration (e.g. feeling disoriented, having trouble urinating), or if your vomiting is uncontrollable and you can’t keep anything down.

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Treatment for Food Poisoning

In the vast majority of cases, food poisoning will go away on its own. To speed things along, get as much rest as you can, drink plenty of water and eat whenever you can.

It’s best if you avoid anything that might upset your stomach, such as alcohol, spices and high fat food, as this could make your symptoms even worse.

You should also avoid coming into contact with others and certainly shouldn’t prepare food for anyone until your food poisoning clears up.

If your symptoms become severe or don’t clear up after a few days, speak to one of our doctors as soon as possible.

  • If you need medication to treat the problem, they can write a prescription there and then which you can pick up from a pharmacy of your choice.
  • If further tests are needed, they can arrange for a speedy referral so you won’t wait weeks to see a specialist.
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