Food poisoning is a form of gastrointestinal ailment that causes digestive problems and sometimes leads to serious health complications. Food poisoning treatment depends on the severity and specific cause of the illness. Most food poisoning symptoms can be treated at home, without professional medical attention or treatment. Experts recommend drinking lots of fluids to prevent dehydration, and over the counter medications can be used to reduce nausea or fevers. Hospitalization for treatment of food poisoning may be required in extreme cases so that doctors can administer fluids intravenously. In cases of bacterial infection, like E. coli food poisoning and Salmonella food poisoning, antibiotics are ineffective. Additionally, the use of antibiotics in treating E. coli food poisoning can increase a person’s risk of developing Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), which can cause kidney failure and even death. Antibiotics should only be used if a bacterial infection spreads to the bloodstream or another part of the body.

Food Poisoning Symptoms

Symptoms of food poisoning generally include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Fever

The severity and duration of these symptoms depends on the type of food poisoning and the amount of pathogen ingested.

Food Poisoning Treatment During Outbreaks

Sometimes food products are contaminated on a large scale, leading to food poisoning outbreaks. For example, in June of 2009, more than 70 people developed E. coli symptoms and required food poisoning treatment after eating Nestle refrigerated cookie dough from a contaminated factory. People can also develop foodborne illnesses by eating raw or undercooked meats, improperly washed produce, and raw or unpasteurized milk products. Treatment of food poisoning symptoms during an outbreak is sometimes important to help contain the outbreak and make sure those impacted do not sustain long term injuries.

Contact a Food Poisoning Lawyer

If you or a loved one has required food poisoning treatment, you may be entitled to file a food poisoning lawsuit. Contact us today for a free and confidential case evaluation from a food poisoning lawyer.

Published November 17, 2011 by