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please share an interesting fact about dealing with food poisoning.

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Dr. Mahmoud Shoib
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Ignore: Vomiting is your friend; it's your body's way of getting rid of the bad food that you ate.
Dr. Daniel Ziegler
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
Ignore: If you suppress vomiting, the diarrhea can last up to a week instead of 24-36 hours of both.
Dr. Keshab Paudel
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Ignore: Food poisoning usually starts with vomiting!
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Ignore: Enjoy your food. Taste it before swallowing. Do not eat if the taste or smell are not enjoyable.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Ignore: Food poisoning is more common in developing nations, but can occur anywhere.
Dr. Linda Everett
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Ignore: Most cases of food poisoning do not require antibiotics. The illness just runs it's course.
Dr. Philip Miller
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Ignore: Keep hydrated: electrolyt fluids and protein ( broth, boullion, consume" Meds for diarrhea and vomit.
Dr. Bradford Romans
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Ignore: Most cases of food poisoning are mild and resolve without treatment.
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Ignore: Staying hydrated as best as possible hopefully will keep u out of the ER.Slow sips of fluid if u can.
Dr. Felecia Sumner
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Ignore: Adhere to "BRAT diet" until you're beginning to feel better.
Dr. Steven Celestin
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Ignore: Drinking less fluids = less vomiting but a much higher chance of dehydration. Drink more, keep more.
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Ignore: Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold to avoid food poisoning.
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Ignore: Diarrhea and vomiting may resolve within 24 hours.
Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Ignore: See you doctor and be checked.
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 52 years experience
SLOW: SLOW deep breathing reduces nausea and vomiting. Brains respiratory center is near emetogenic center.

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What do you eat when you have food poisoning?

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Why does it take a couple of hours before you start feeling ill from food poisoning?

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Germs require time: Sevreal variables can delay the onset of symptoms in food poisoning.The amount of germs ingested may vary & stomach acid may destroy them before they can get thru. The host body may also be tolerate the toxin up to a point.Any left over germs require time to make enough toxin in the gut to trigger symptoms.Occasionally the germs have made enough toxin before intake that symptoms come sooner.

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