New Caney Urgent Care

Food Poisoning TreatmentNew Caney, TX

No one enjoys getting sick from what many refer to as food poisoning. Food-born illnesses can cause a variety of symptoms and health issues that limit one's functionality. In many cases, people will at least need to spend one to three days resting at home. In more serious cases, food poisoning can hospitalize people.

While there are ways to prevent the chance of contracting a food-born illness, it can still happen to anyone at any time. No matter the age or severity of the symptoms, seeking professional urgent care treatment can help to ensure the patient receives the proper care. Our urgent care facility can help to treat food poisoning and ease the patient's discomfort with various options.

If you are struggling with food poisoning, visit us for treatment as soon as you are able.

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Symptoms of Food Poisoning

Food poisoning symptoms usually do not go undetected. The symptoms may vary depending on the severity of food poisoning infection.

The period symptoms take to appear also varies and depends on the cause of the infection. The normal range of symptoms to appear is a minimum of one hour or a maximum of 28 days. Possible symptoms can include:

  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Weakness and nausea
  • Mild to high fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Appetite loss
  • Dehydration
  • Excessive urination or bloody urine
  • Technically speaking, anyone is at a high risk of food poisoning since it can happen in a large variety of situations. Nonetheless, people with an auto-immune disease or suppressed deference mechanism are at a higher risk of suffering from the complications of food poisoning.

    This signifies how important it is to treat food poisoning symptoms seriously. People need to visit us as soon as possible if they have food poisoning symptoms. Plus, elderly individuals and children can contract food poisoning quicker than others due to infectious organisms.

    Treatment Needs more than just Bedrest

    When it comes to treating food poisoning, many people are content to remain at home and suffer through it. While this can help with the overall condition, there are other techniques people can benefit from. Food poisoning can cause a variety of symptoms from vomiting to diarrhea with varying levels of severity.

    While store-bought medications such as Pepto-Bismol or Imodium can help to relieve symptoms, the individual may need something stronger. As an urgent care facility, we can help patients receive the treatment they need for their specific type of food poisoning. With our treatment, we can help patients:

  • Receive a professional examination and diagnosis
  • Pinpoint the possible cause
  • Receive customized treatment
  • Find various dietary changes to help the patient deal with the symptoms
  • Ensure their body receives the proper amount of fluids and nutrients
  • We may also recommend certain foods and beverages the patient will have less difficulty keeping down to help them get enough fluids while sick. With our help, we can help patients build the treatment plan their body needs for efficient recovery.

    Causes of Food Poisoning

    There are multiple possible causes of food poisoning, three of which include parasites, bacteria and viruses.

    Parasites

    Parasites are one of the leading reasons for food poisoning. Although they cause the same symptoms as bacteria, parasites spread more rapidly than bacteria and are also dangerous. Toxoplasma is one of the common parasites that cause food poisoning. The parasite is mostly found in undercooked meat and cat feces. The parasite can be more dangerous for pregnant women. It can cause congenital disabilities in a fetus if it infects the mother.

    Typically, these parasites live in the digestive tract and can remain undetected for a long time. If one's immune system is weak, experiencing food poisoning symptoms frequently, Toxoplasma may be the cause.

    Bacteria

    By far, bacteria are included in one of the most prevalent causes of food-borne diseases. Salmonella, Bacillus cereus, Listeria and E. Coli are common bacteria that cause food poisoning. Bacillus cereus is an essential cause in the industrialized world that produces different enterotoxins. The bacterium is mostly found in heat-treated food.

    Most bacteria are competitive microorganisms and grow well in -48 °C after cooling and cooking. That is the reason CDC reports approximately 20,000 hospitalizations due to food poisoning each year. Beside this, C. botulinum and Campylobacter are two potentially dangerous bacteria that easily lurk around our food.

    Viruses

    Another potential food poisoning cause is viruses. Rotavirus, sapovirus and astrovirus cause similar symptoms like norovirus but are comparatively less common. Hepatitis A virus is transmitted through contaminated food and can cause severe symptoms. Fortunately, many types of viruses are treatable if the patient seeks medical attention as soon as possible.

    FAQ

    1. What food can cause poisoning?

    Foods that are left out of the fridge for a long time are the primary cause of food poisoning. Other sources are:

  • Unwashed vegetables
  • Raw shellfish
  • Undercooked meat
  • Raw meat
  • Unwashed fruits
  • 2. How is food poisoning diagnosed?

    In many cases, food poisoning shows symptoms like dehydration, vomiting, or nausea. In severe cases, your doctors take a blood test to determine the cause of the infection. Patient's stool sample is also taken to find out the reason.

    3. How can I avoid or prevent food poisoning?

    The best way you can avoid food poisoning is to eat fresh, home-made food. Always wash vegetables and fruits before eating them. Avoid using packaged food or check their expiry date before eating it. Avoid using refrigerated leftovers.

    4. When should I seek professional treatment?

    As soon as possible. While minor cases of food poisoning may go away in a day or two, more serious cases will only get worse over time. By visiting us, we can help you receive the proper treatment to promote an effective recovery.

    Bottom line

    Overall, there is no doubt that food poisoning can be life-threatening if you delay the treatment. Call us or visit our clinic in {city} to find the most effective treatment for food poisoning.

    Sources

    https://familydoctor.org/condition/food-poisoning/

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1574-6968.1997.tb12776.x

    https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/food-poisoning/symptoms-causes/syc-20356230

    Contact Us

    Texas Urgent Care & Imaging Center is located at
    17516 US-59 BUS Suite 100
    New Caney, TX
    77357

    (832) 246-7250