The chances of getting food poisoning during the November and December holiday season is rather good. The most common source for food-borne illnesses is beef and poultry. Does your holiday season include the Thanksgiving turkey or the Christmas turkey? My family holiday feast certainly does!
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that over 70 million people get sick each year from food-borne illnesses and that between 3,000 to 5,000 people die each year from eating contaminated food. We need to be aware of what food poisoning is, how we get it, and how to prevent it. We need to know the symptoms of food poisoning, and when to call the doctor.
Food poisoning is an illness caused by eating food contaminated with bacteria, parasites, or viruses, such as beef poultry or poisonous foods, such as mushrooms and certain types of seafood. There are other foods that you may not realize could be toxic and poisonous to humans.
Ten Poisonous Foods We Eat
This list includes tomatoes and potatoes.
10 Deadly Foods We Eat
This list contains nutmeg, chocolate, tapioca, and peanuts.
8 Common Poisonous Foods
Lima beans and kidney beans are on this list.
Worlds Most Dangerous Foods
Elderberries, fugu, blood clams, hakarl, and ackee.
Causes of Food Poisoning
A list of certain bacteria, viruses, parasites, or toxins that causes food poisoning.
Food poisoning occurs when you swallow food or water that contains bacteria, parasites, viruses, or the toxins made by these germs.
Prevent Food Poisoning
10 Ways to prevent food poisoning.
Symptoms of Food Poisoning
Most cases of food poisoning are over within 34 to 48 hours and are not serious nor life threatening.
How to Treat Food Poisoning
No solid foods until vomiting ends
No dairy foods until vomiting and diarrhea are gone
Afterwards light bland foods, saltine crackers, bread
Drink lots of clear fluids. Start slow and gradually increase the fluids.
When to Get Medical Treatment for Food Poisoning
Call 911 if food poisoning symptoms occur after eating mushrooms or seafood
Call 911 if a person becomes severely dehydrated
Call your doctor if diarrhea, vomiting, nausea lasts more than 3 days
Call your doctor if the vomiting is too severe to keep liquids down
Call your doctor if a child under three has food poisoning symptoms
Call the doctor if a pregnant person has food poisoning symptoms
When to Go to the Nearest Hospital Emergency Facility
If the person collapses, passes out, has blurred vision
Abdominal pain or symptoms and a fever higher than 101 F
Sharp abdominal pain or cramping that lasts longer than 10 - 15 minutes
Bloody bowel movements or vomiting blood
The abdomen or stomach swells
The skin and/or eyes turn yellow
At any time you consider the situation to worsen or become an emergency
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