Saturday, September 12, 2009

How to Diagnose and Treat Food Poisoning

Food Poisoning:
How To Diagnose And Treat Food Poisoning

The four (4) most common forms of food poisoning are (1) the Norwalk - like virus; (2) the Hepatitis A virus; (3) the E-coli bacteria; and (4) the Salmonella bacteria.

The most common modes of contamination attributable to food poisoning include undercooked meat, seafood and poultry; expired meat or dairy products; unsanitary living conditions and unsanitary restroom practices.

The incubation periods vary from virus to bacteria exposure including 1 to 2 days for the Norwalk like virus, 15 to 50 days for the Hepatis A virus; 1 to 8 days for E-coli virus and 1 to 5 days for Salmonella bacteria.

The Norwalk like Virus presents itself with symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache and mild fever. The Hepatitis A virus usually presents itself with symptoms of fever, nausea, discomfort and juandice. E-coli bacteria may present itself with symptoms of bloody or watery diarrhea, cramps, fever and dysentery. Salmonnella bacteria usually presents itself with symptoms of diarrhea, abdominal pains, chills, fever, vomitting and dehydration.

In considering whether you may have been exposed to food poisoning, answering the following namely:

1. Have you recently been on a cruise?
2. Have you recently washed your hands in untreated water?
3. Have you recently handled food after visiting the restroom?
4. Have you recently eaten undercooked or raw shellfish?
5. Have you recently eaten rare or medium rare beef especially undercooked hamburger?
6. Have you recently eaten raw or undercooked chicken?
7. Have you recently eaten soft boiled or runny eggs?
8. Have you recently consumed raw or expired milk?
9. Have you recently unwashed fruits or vegetables?

If you answered yes to any of the aforesaid questions, you may have been exposed to one of the four most common forms of food poisoning noted above.

The most common forms of treatment include hydration, bed rest, acetaminophen or ibuprophen, low-dose antibiotic (Rx only) and/or anti-diarrheal medicine (Rx only). The elderly and those suffering from other immune disorders should immediately consult with a physician. Similiarly, if the symptoms appear to be severe or are due to exposure to hepatitis, e-coli or samonella, a consult with a physician is recommended.


CONTACT INFORMATION: If you or a family member have been injured or damaged due to the fault or responsibility of someone else, an industrial accident or by a dangerous or defective product, drug or toxic substance, contact Alan Morton for a no obligation, free consultation.

For additional information contact:

Alan L. Morton
1005 North Eighth Street
Post Office Box 420
Boise, ID 83701-0420
Telephone: 208.344.5555
Toll Free: 866.946.1669 [866.WIN.1.NOW]
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