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Bad Belly: What to Do When You Have Food Poisoning.

(ThySistas.com) Many of us experience food poisoning at some point in our lives. Sometimes it is due to poor food hygiene at home, but it may also be no fault of our own. However you contracted food poisoning, it isn’t a pleasant experience. Although it can make you feel awful, it will usually get better on its own within a couple of days. You might wonder whether you can speed up the healing process or how you can alleviate the symptoms. There are some things you can do to make yourself feel better while your body gets rid of the bacteria that is making you feel ill.

Stay Hydrated

The most important thing to do when you have food poisoning is to drink a lot of water. You might be vomiting or have diarrhea, which can leave you dehydrated. Your body is busy trying to expel the spoiled food that is making you ill. Make sure you give it something to work with, or you’ll start to feel much worse. You don’t need to be gulping down huge glasses of water, and you probably won’t be able to. Small sips are fine, as long you are able to get some liquid in you. You might find something other than water makes you feel better, like ginger or peppermint tea. However, water is often easiest to drink.

Make Yourself Throw Up

In some situations, it might be appropriate to make yourself be sick. We’ve all had times when you feel like you need to throw up, but nothing is happening. Vomiting helps to get rid of the food you have eaten if it isn’t already digested. If you realize you have eaten spoiled food just after eating it, it might be a good time to make yourself vomit. However, you need to be very cautious with this solution. It’s best to talk to a doctor or other medical professional before you do it. If you have confirmed that it is safe, you can learn how to make yourself throw up easily. You don’t want to struggle with it and end up making yourself feel worse.

Rest and Recovery

Getting plenty of rest is essential when you’re ill. You shouldn’t try to drag yourself to work, especially when you could contaminate someone else. Avoid preparing food for others or being in contact with vulnerable people. While you’re resting, try to avoid eating or drinking anything that could make things worse. Don’t drink caffeinated or sugary drinks, or spicy or fatty foods. When you start to feel a bit better, you can eat some small and light snacks. You might prefer to stick to bland things like toast or crackers.

When to See a Doctor

Most of the time, you don’t need to see a doctor if you have food poisoning. However, it is sometimes best to seek medical attention. For example, if your symptoms don’t start to get better within a couple of days, you should see a doctor. It is also a good idea to see someone if your symptoms are severe. For example, vomiting a lot can make you dehydrated.

Food poisoning can make you feel miserable, but you should soon feel better. If you picked it up from a restaurant or other eatery, don’t forget to report it.

Staff Writer; Shawna Smith

 


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