What is food poisoning?

First aid tips for food poisoning are very simple and easy. One should know them in order to refrain for further harmful effects. This disease is caused by eating infectious, impure or dirty food or drinks having bacteria, viruses, parasites or other toxins.Improperly handled food becomes toxic usually.

food borne illness:

Food poisoning is also known as food borne illness. Serious weakness cab be caused if it is caused along with diarrhea and vomiting. Bacteria, viruses and parasites attack and poison improperly cooked food or if food is placed below the temperature at which bacteria and viruses can attack.

Food poisoning: Symptoms, preventive measures and first aid tips

Common Symptoms:

Some common symptoms of food poisoning are:

  • Excessive vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Loose motions
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Stomach pain or cramps
  • Dehydration
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Body pain

Preventive measures:

Some common preventive measures of food poisoning:

    • Must wash your hands after using toilet
    • Clean your hands after coming back home from outside
    • Always prefer to use washed towels and napkins for both kitchen and washroom
    • Clean cutting boards properly after chopping and cutting raw vegetables and meat
    • Wash fruits, vegetables and meat properly before using because they also contain bacteria and dust particles
    • Try not to eat Improperly cooked food especially meat
    • Avoid eating frozen or rotten food
    • Adapt healthy and fresh eating habits
    • Use decontaminate or boiled water
    • Refrain from eating defrosted food

First aid tips for food poisoning:

Some of the first aid tips are given below:

  1. Make the causality to take rest
  2. Give plenty of water to the sufferer in order to avoid dehydration
  3. ORS (Oral Rehydration Solution) helps in rehydration otherwise if ORS is not available, mix salt and sugar in hot water to make home-made ORS
  4. Reduce abdominal pain and inflammation by using ginger juice with a small amount of honey
  5. Avoid having edibles like milk or any heavy food as it make digestion more difficult
  6. Give anything light to eat such as bread, porridge or banana
  7. Staying dehydrated for a long time can be very dangerous, if still there is no improvement, immediately seek proper medical help
  8. One must take proper and immediate steps to prevent someone from serious harms