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Is it possible to get ergot poisoning from bread or baked goods from stores (Starbucks, market)? I am nervous to eat anything with flour in case.

Is it possible to get ergot poisoning from bread or baked goods from stores (Starbucks, market)? I am nervous to eat anything with flour in case.

Hmmm...: We all eat bread or baked goods from stores such as supermarkets, or cafes such as Starbucks. That means all 300 million or so of us Americans. Haven't heard of any ergot poisoning problems. ...Read more

Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
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Poisoning (Definition)

Toxic ingestion (also called "poisoning") is a condition in which a person has eaten or drank a substance that causes ill symptoms or damage to his body. Taking an overdose of a medicine, taking any dose of a poison, drinking too much vodka, or accidentally drinking antifreeze . . . are all ...Read more


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I suffer from chronic migrain.Ergot medication daily gives me relief but no cure.

I suffer from chronic migrain.Ergot medication daily gives me relief but no cure.

Question?: There is no "cure" for migraine, only preventative treatment and abortive treatment. If you have >1 headache/week, you need both. There is also "medication overuse" syndrome. Consult your doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if I am ergot(a poison used to treat migraine) addict. Any alternative remedy for that?

What to do if I am ergot(a poison used to treat migraine) addict. Any alternative remedy for that?

Try triptans, Botox: If you have migraines, try imitrex, (sumatriptan) Maxalt and other triptans. If you take cafergot, caffeine is part of the problem, esp. If you also drink coffee. Try a course of prednisone. If headaches are daily, Botox works the best. Take magnesium and vit. B complex. Switch to methylergonovine, a long-acting ergot instead of the short-acting ones used for migraines. It is easier to stop the long-acting one. ...Read more

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Who are specialists in poisoning?

Who are specialists in poisoning?

Toxicologists: Physicians with specialty training in dealing with poisonings are toxicologists. However many physicians, internists, ER docs, pediatricians, family practice, are quite comfortable dealing with many of these issues also. ...Read more

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What is strychnine poisoning like?

What is strychnine poisoning like?

Awful!: ~ 20 minutes after a toxic dose, the body's muscles begin to twitch and spasm, leading to nearly continuous convulsions and then increased body temperature and muscle breakdown. People die after 2-3 hours from eventual paralysis of breathing or exhaustion from continuous convulsions. ...Read more

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Pyaemia is the poisoning of what organ?

Pyaemia is the poisoning of what organ?

The blood: The term refers to the presence in the blood of microorganisms which cause multiple abscesses through the body. The most common cause would be staphylococcus aureus. ...Read more

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What are the signs of naphtha poisoning?

MSDS: Please see the MSDS at this site: http://www.collectioncare.org/MSDS/naphthamsds.pdf Look under "potential health effects". ...Read more

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What are the signs of radioactive poisoning?

What are the signs of radioactive poisoning?

Depends on exposure: If you are seriously exposed, the symptoms will appear within a week and include dizziness, disorientation, weakness, fatigue, hair loss, bloody vomit and stools, poor wound healing, and low-blood pressure. ...Read more

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How to get food poisoning?

How to get food poisoning?

Food Poisoning: Food poisoning can be caused by bacteria (E.coli, Listeria monocytogenes, Shigells, Staphylococcus Aureus, C. botulinum, Clostridium perfingens, V. cholerae, C. jenui.), viruses ((Norovirus, Rotovirus and Hepatitis A)& toxins in food Ciguatera in tropical fish that have eaten toxic plankton, Shellfish fed on toxic algae, Scromboid in poorly refrigerated dark meat fish,Puffer fish. Some mushrooms > ...Read more

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How to cure food poisoning?

How to cure food poisoning?

Treatment: Treatment of Food poisoning may include oral or intravenous replacement of fluids/ electrolytes. Antibiotics may be needed for bacterial infections. Hospitalization is sometimes necessary. ...Read more

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How does food poisoning spread?

How does food poisoning spread?

By what you eat: Food poisoning doesn't spread from person to person. Rather, bacteria or virus is eaten which causes a reaction in your body. Everyone who eats the same food has similar reaction i.e. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea , abdominal pain, etc. ...Read more

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How can I treat food poisoning?

How can I treat food poisoning?

Symptomatically: For the most part. Although some causes of foodborne gastroenteritis should not be treated with anti-diarrheal meds despite diarrhea because shigella and e. Coli o157 can be made worse. Remember some foodborne diseases are not specifically gastrointestinal such as botulism and amnestied shellfish poisoning and scombroid fish poisoning. ...Read more

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How is food poisoning diagnosed?

How is food poisoning diagnosed?

Clinically: It is usually a clinical diagnosis based on the presentation. Sometimes we will get stool studies depending on the clinical circumstances. ...Read more

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How do you treat food poisoning?

How do you treat food poisoning?

Fluids, maybe meds: Supportive care, fluids, brat diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, tea), maybe meds. Not always antibiotics; be careful using antidiarrheals-can retain the germ. Probiotics can be helpful. Contact md if prolonged, fever, bleeding, can't keep things down or in. ...Read more

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What to do about food poisoning?

What to do about food poisoning?

FOOD POISONING: Avoid uncooked food and tapwater.Well cooked kills bacteria and spores.Take extra precautions while traveling to underdeveloped regions in the world. ...Read more

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What does uremic poisoning mean?

What does uremic poisoning mean?

Uremia: Uremia refers to buildup of products of metabolism with regard to the Urea Cycle, a process that allows us to excrete nitrogenous waste from our kidneys. Perturbations in renal function leads to buildup of these products associated with acid base and electrolyte issues that are also related to kidney function. Uremia is treated with dialysis to remove the toxins, can cause seizures, cardiac arrest ...Read more

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How can you fight food poisoning?

How can you fight food poisoning?

Be cautious : Of where st what you eat. When you eat out make sure your trust the food preparation and staff hygiene. Avoid ordering raw or under cooked foods. At home wash your produce well. Don't use the same cutting boards for meats as you do veggies. Wash your cutlery well. Cook your food thoroughly. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for food poisoning?

Who is at risk for food poisoning?

Everyone: Food poisoning can affect anyone. However, the very young and old are at higher risk, as are anyone with a compromised immune system. ...Read more

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How can you prevent lead poisoning?

How can you prevent lead poisoning?

Avoid exposure: The best prevention is avoidance of exposure. If you can stay away from that, that's the best way to prevent poisoning. If you must be in the environment where the exposure is inevitable, you want to use protective wear (respirators/masks) and special outfits that may protect your skin, upper respiratory tract, eyes etc. Also, showering after such exposure may remove lead particles somewhat. ...Read more

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