How to treat food poisoning for a faster recovery

If you're vomiting the day after a barbecue, it's likely you have food poisoning. Here are six ways to treat it.

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Sick to the stomach and suspect something you ate might be to blame? Food poisoning is a relatively common ailment, particularly during the season for summer barbecues. Food poisoning is caused by eating contaminated or uncooked food and the symptoms usually begin within one to two days after eating the offending foodstuff.

No one wants vomiting or diarrhoea to ruin the party, so what should you do if you're caught off-guard? Resident pharmacist Rita Ghelani explains how best to treat food poisoning:

Food poisoning treatment tips

If you find yourself struck down with food poisoning, follow this advice in order to recover as quickly as possible:

✔️ Rest

Get plenty of rest – this will help you recover more quickly.

✔️ Stay hydrated

Drink lots and lots of water to prevent dehydration. Try taking small sips every 15 minutes. Using a straw may help. Using oral rehydration sachets, such as Dioralyte will help to prevent dehydration.

✔️ Eat plain food

Don't worry if you have lost your appetite and don't feel like eating much. Once you feel ready to eat try having dry bland foods such as toast, crackers or rice cakes. Avoid fatty and spicy foods as these may irritate your stomach. It's also important to avoid preparing food for other people while you have symptoms of food poisoning.



✔️ Take time off

Stay off work or school until at least 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhoea to help prevent the spread of infection.

✔️ Use medication

If you are vomiting a lot, then see your doctor who may give you an anti-emetic medicine, such as domperidone to help control this. You can also try using Enterosgel, which works by adsorbing the bacteria or toxins in the gut that cause diarrhoea. Enterosgel is suitable for children and adults.

✔️ Know when to see a doctor

Food poisoning is usually not too serious in most people and the symptoms clear up within a few days. However, if your symptoms persist for more than three days then you should see your doctor.



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