Food Poisoning

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You have been experiencing worse abdominal pain, persistent nausea and vomiting for an hour or two. And it all goes back to the not-so-healthy food you ate last night at the party. 

Your energy is already drained, and you are trying to figure out what to do. This is a critical moment! Don’t hesitate. Walk into our clinic now and get the urgent care you need for quick relief. 

Our healthcare professionals will evaluate your symptoms quickly and provide the right treatment for you. But before we delve into the nitty gritty of food poisoning treatment at urgent care, let’s untie all the knots of doubt regarding food poisoning symptoms and when you should seek care.

Some Telltale Signs & Symptoms Of Food Poisoning ​

Here are some common symptoms of food poisoning that require immediate medical attention from a healthcare professional:

  • Nausea and persistent vomiting
  • Loose, watery diarrhea that lasts for more than 3 days
  • Fever (usually over 102 F)
  • Moderate to severe abdominal cramps
  • Intolerable to solid or liquid foods
  • Dehydration (dizziness, fatigue, dry mouth, inability to urinate)

If you notice any of the above symptoms for a day or two, consult a doctor immediately to get prompt treatment and prevent further complications.

Note that if you experience blood in your vomit or stool, extreme abdominal pain, high fever and severe dehydration, you need to visit an emergency care facility rather than an urgent care center to receive proper nursing and specialized treatment. 


How Food Poisoning Occurs?

Food poisoning occurs when you eat food or drink water that has been contaminated with bacteria, parasites, viruses or fungi. 

Common cases of food poisoning are caused by the bacteria E-coli and Staphylococcus. These bacteria might get into your food in different ways, such as raw food that has not undergone the proper cooking process or contaminated water that has been used to grow crops.

Moreover, improper food handling, such as poor storage conditions or poor hygiene among food handlers, can also contribute to food poisoning in many people.

How Long Does Food Poisoning Symptoms Last?

The recovery time from food poisoning depends on the type of pathogen causing it and the severity of the illness. In healthy patients, food poisoning symptoms might last from 12 hours to 48 hours, depending on their age, immune system, and overall health status. It also depends on how long it takes to remove the pathogen or germs from the body. 

For people who suffer from diabetes or any other clinical condition, the recovery time might be prolonged as compared to healthy individuals due to the weakened immune system which makes it challenging for the body to fight the infection.

What Can You Expect In Family Urgent Care For Food Poisoning?

The extent and duration of your treatment will depend on the severity of your symptoms and condition. Our healthcare providers at urgent care assess your symptoms, review your medical history and ask you about the foods you ate recently. 

If needed, the provider will order lab tests to identify the type of pathogen that has entered your body. Once the lab results are obtained, the doctor may prescribe antibiotics and other appropriate medicines to improve your symptoms. 

One crucial step is replacing the fluids and electrolytes in food poisoning, a vital lifesaving step to prevent dehydration. Therefore, the doctor will offer quick IV fluid replacement therapy to help restore fluid levels back into your system. 

Also, if you notice any concerning symptoms at home and can’t commute to the clinic, you can consult our healthcare professionals by booking phone or video consultations.

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