Mar 06

Handling Food Poisoning

On January 19, 2014, New Straits Times reported that there are six hundred prison inmates from Penang who suffered food poisoning. The inmates were eating “ayam masak merah”. According to the Deputy Health Minister, the food was not cooked properly. Out of the six hundred inmates, there were only two who suffered serious poisoning but they were taken to Penang Hospital right away. They will live. Businessman with stomach ache

Inmate or not, let this be a lesson. It is important that food is handled properly because it can cause poisoning and if it is severe, it can lead to death. When cooking, the cleanliness of the place and the cook should be ensured. Apart from that, the cook should make sure that the food is not spoiled and it is cooked properly. Food poisoning can be prevented if everyone in the kitchen is vigilant.  

In the event of food poisoning, you should know what to do to increase the chances of survival. But first you need to know about the symptoms of food poisoning. The symptoms include abdominal pain, dehydration, rapid heartbeat, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting and fainting. Now that you know the symptoms, the next thing that you should do is familiarize yourself with the treatments. Treatments include:

  • Controlling nausea and vomiting

When you are not in the house, you have to control nausea and vomiting. If you are dealing with vomiting, you can sip some soda. You should avoid foods that are solid until your vomiting stops. Do not eat foods that are sweet, spicy, fried and greasy. More importantly, do not consider anti-diarrhoea or anti-nausea drugs unless your doctor prescribed it.

  • Preventing dehydration

When you suffer from food poisoning, your body will get rid of everything. You are at risk of dehydration. The first thing that you should do is prevent yourself from being dehydrated. You need to drink water for a start. When the diarrhoea or vomiting persists for 24 hours, you can drink a solution for oral rehydration. You can buy oral rehydration solutions over-the-counter.

  • Calling the doctor

You should know when to call the doctor. When the diarrhoea or vomiting persists for more than three days, you should call your doctor right away. If your stools are accompanied by blood, you have to call your doctor immediately. When you experience increased heart rate, severe dehydration, dizziness and fatigue, you really need to come to your doctor before it gets even worse.

You have to know that foods naturally hold bacteria but in small amounts. If you handled the food poorly or stored it poorly, the bacteria will multiply and if ingested, the body will surely suffer. You have to make sure that the food you eat is free from contamination.

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