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Food Poisoning

If you have eaten contaminated food which contains bacteriaor parasites, you will suffer from food poisoning. Food poisoning is acutecondition and the symptoms depend on the type of contamination, condition ofyour digestive system, overall health, and age. The most common symptoms of foodpoisoning include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. These symptoms can be accompaniedwith pain in the abdomen and cramps in the stomach. In more serious cases offood poisoning you may fell fever and fatigue. The most severe cases includeblood in the vomit and stool, persistent vomiting and diarrhea, severe pain anddehydration. These symptoms begin several hours after you consumed thecontaminated food. You may suffer from this condition only one day but thereare cases when food poisoning can last up to ten days.

Treatment

The treatment depends on the severity of your condition. Thetreatment aims at restoring the lost fluid, and to stop diarrhea and vomiting.In some cases, you may need to be hospitalized, especially if you are extremelydehydrated. In case of bacterial infection your doctor may prescribe someantibiotics. You should not eat anything until all the symptoms go away.

Herbal Remedies

There are a lot of herbal remedies which can help relievethe symptoms of food poisoning. Ginger tea in quite useful in preventing nauseaand vomiting. It can also purify your digestive system and restore the lostfluids. This tea can be also given to a child. A certain Chinese herbal remedy,Curing Pill, will release you from the pain in the stomach and it will stopdiarrhea and sickness. This is also recommended for children. You can make apaste with Japanese umeboshi plum which has many benefits for upset stomach.You or your child can eat the paste or you can dissolve in water and drink astea. Goldenseal tea has antibacterial properties and it will help you get ridof diarrhea. Your child may refuse it because it has bitter taste. After thesymptoms are cured you and your child can drink peppermint tea to get yourappetite back.

Prevention

To prevent the food from contamination, you should clean yourhands properly. Any kind of raw meat should be placed in the fridge and usedwithin a couple of days. When defrosting food, use cold water or microwave.Never leave any king of food on warm places. You should always wash fruits andvegetables before eating. Before using food check if it has changed the color,texture or smell. You should avoid eating raw meat.

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