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    Signs, Symptoms, Home Remedies for food poisoning

    Food poisoning


    Food poisoning occurs when you eat food contaminated with bacteria or other toxins. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach cramps, and generally start 4 - 36 hours after eating contaminated food. While food poisoning is often caused by bacteria, it can also result from eating poisonous plants (some mushrooms, for instance) and animals (pufferfish). Every year, more than 76 million people get sick from food poisoning, especially during summer when food may not be kept cold enough to prevent bacteria from growing.


    Signs and Symptoms:


    The typical signs of food poisoning are nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, head or muscle aches, and fever. Specific bacteria may cause these signs and symptoms:


    Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum, or botulism): weakness, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, double vision, paralyzed eye nerves, difficulty speaking and swallowing, paralysis that spreads downward, respiratory failure, death
    Salmonella spp., Shigella spp., and Campylobacter jejuni (C. jejuni): fever, chills, bloody diarrhea


    Escherichia coli (E. coli): hemorrhagic colitis (diarrhea with very little stool and large amounts of blood), occurring up to 3 days after eating contaminated food
    Mushroom poisoning: affects the liver, the neurological system (brain), or the gastrointestinal tract, including symptoms such as stomach upset, delirium (confusion), vision difficulties, heart muscle problems, kidney failure, death of liver tissue, and death if left untreated


    Fish poisoning causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, dizziness, and headache. Specific types of fish poisoning can cause other signs and symptoms, such as:


    Ciguatera (caused by toxins in some fish, including grouper, snapper, mackerel, and barracuda): numbness or tingling around the mouth, feeling of loose teeth, impaired touch sensation of hot as cold and cold as hot, itching, muscle and joint pain, slow heart rate, low blood pressure


    Pufferfish poisoning: numbness or tingling around the mouth, trouble coordinating movement, difficulty swallowing, excess saliva, twitching, loss of ability to talk, convulsions, paralysis that spreads upward, respiratory failure, death
    Shellfish poisoning (caused by toxins in algae that are then eaten by shellfish): numbness or tingling around the mouth or in the arms and legs, trouble swallowing, difficulty speaking.

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    Re: Signs, Symptoms, Home Remedies for food poisoning

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    Prevention


    These steps can help prevent food poisoning:
    • Wash your hands and clean any dishes or utensils when you are making or serving food.
    • Keep juices from meat, poultry, and seafood away from ready to eat foods.
    • Cook foods to proper temperatures.
    • Promptly refrigerate any food you will not be eating right away.
    • If you take care of young children, wash your hands often and dispose of diapers carefully so that bacteria can't spread to other surfaces or people.
    • If you make canned food at home, make sure to follow proper canning techniques to prevent botulism.
    • Don't feed honey to children under 1 year of age.
    • Don't eat wild mushrooms.
    • When traveling where contamination is more likely, eat only hot, freshly cooked food. Boil water before drinking. Don't eat raw vegetables or unpeeled fruit.
    • Always refrigerate fish.
    • Don't eat tropical fish caught during blooms of poison plankton.
    • Eat pufferfish only in specially licensed restaurants with chefs trained to cook it.
    • Don't eat shellfish exposed to red tides.
    If others may have eaten a food that made you sick, let them know. If you think the food was contaminated when you bought it from a store or restaurant, tell the staff and your local health department.


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    Re: Signs, Symptoms, Home Remedies for food poisoning

    Herbs


    Various herbs have been used traditionally to treat different types of food poisoning, though in most cases more research is needed.


    Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is often used for liver disorders and is widely used in Europe to treat Amanita mushroom poisoning. Studies show that patients with Amanita poisoning can be effectively treated with pharmaceutical silibinin (the primary active component of milk thistle) up to 48 hours after eating the deadly mushrooms.


    Animal studies of Chinese and Japanese combination herbal remedies used for Listeria suggest they may be effective for food poisoning. Active ingredients include:


    Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng)


    Astragalus root (Astragalus membranaceus)


    Chinese cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum aromaticum)


    Ginger root (Zingiber officinale)


    Licorice ( Glycyrrhiza glabra)


    Peony root (Paeonia officinalis)


    Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora)


    Seek the advice of a trained and licensed herbalist or practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine who will guide your individual treatment. Do not self treat with these herbs. Some of these herbs should not be taken if you have heart disease, or high blood pressure, or take blood thinning medication. In addition, some of these herbs interact with other herbs, supplements, and prescription medications, so it is important to make sure all your health care providers know what you are taking.


    Laboratory (test tube) studies suggest that the following herbs have antibacterial or antimicrobial properties, although there is no evidence they are effective for treating food poisoning in humans. Do not use these herbs without speaking to a physician or knowledgeable herbal practitioner. Some side effects can be dangerous:


    Bittervine (Mikania micrantha)


    Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)


    Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium)


    Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)


    Barberry (Berberis vulgaris) has also been used traditionally to treat diarrhea from infectious causes such as E. coli and V. cholera. Berberine, the active ingredient in barberry, can cause brain damage in newborns. Speak to a physician before using berberine containing herbs with children of any age.


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    Re: Signs, Symptoms, Home Remedies for food poisoning

    Thanks for the informations. Sakthi...

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    Re: Signs, Symptoms, Home Remedies for food poisoning

    Note that most food poisoning does not require medical care and can be treated at home by simple remedies.


    Most food poisioning effects on body clears up in a few days on its own as their duration is not for very long period. In the case of continued illness seek medical advice.


    The following food poisoniong treatment or remedies are simple to follow and you can get quick relief.
    • Mix a tablespoon of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar in a cup of hot water before a meal to prevent acid indigestion.
    • Add three drops of garlic oil to half a cup of soya oil and rub onto the stomach after food.
    • Drink a herbal tea of mint, raspberry, camomile and blackberry.
    • Drink 1/4 cup of charcoal powder mixed with a glass of water.
    • Drink one cup of ginger tea after meals to promote a good digestion and for hearetburn, nausea, etc.
    • Eat some bread, says Julian Whitaker, M.D., president of the Whitaker Wellness Center in Newport Beach, California. Bread has a tendency to soak up the poison and can give you a quick relief.
    • Drink 2 tablespoons of undiluted apple cider vinegar (pasteurized).
    • Time is generally the best remedy. If you feel indigestion, or get sour burp, and/or loose motions, or for general stomach upsets, you can do the following:
    • Drink mint essense (available as Pudin Hara or Amritdhara in India. These are mint or peppermint essense.), 3-4 drops in water, every 2 hour. If you can't get mint essense, try eating mint leaves.
    • Also drink Jaljeera (a mixture of cumin, salt, asafetida and other herbs) 2-3 times. Let the poison get out of your body through vomitting or motions. First you will throw poisonous foods and then water (Drink lots of water with sugar and salt). You should be alright in less than 24 hours. Start this treatment as soon as you start getting sour burps. You may drink mint essense (3-4 drops in water) after you eat in a restaurant or party or you have overeaten.


    In most cases, the effective treatment is to lie down and drink plenty of bland fluids such as water, diluted fruit juice or light tea.



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    food poisoning

    food poisoning
    Much maligned as the number one excuse for missing work, food poisoning is a real phenomenon,

    It can lead to diarrhea, nausea, vomiting or cramping within 48 hours of consuming any contaminated food or drink. In some unfortunate cases, it can be life threatening too.

    Yes, food poisoning is no pretty sight. But, are you aware of which foods to be weary of to avoid food poisoning? They lurk everywhere.

    Here's a quick list of foods that can cause food poisoning if you

    don't take care of how you consume them...

    Eggs.

    This in no way applies to all eggs. As with other foods, sometimes eggs can be

    contaminated by certain harmful bacteria - Salmonella being the most dangerous. If you consume a raw egg that is infected, you could show symptoms of severe food poisoning. To prevent this - always buy eggs from a clean and credible store, wash mildly and store in a refrigerator as soon as you get home. Always cook eggs well before consuming them, and ensure that you resort to
    proper medication at the first instance of any food poisoning symptoms.

    Tuna.

    Tuna can be contaminated with scombrotoxin, which can lead to cramps and headaches.

    Make certain that tuna is kept cool (on ice) after being caught because if it gets too hot it can release toxins, which will be difficult to kill by cooking. Undercooked tuna is also cause for concern. To avoid food poisoning from tuna, ensure that it's refrigerated well, and cooked thoroughly. Also, attempting raw tuna dishes without being sure of how and where the fish came from is dubious.

    Oysters.

    Oysters and other shellfish in general are seen as potent food poisoning threats that could catch you completely unaware. The quality of the water in which they breed has a lot to do with this phenomenon. If the water they are filtering on is polluted, then chances are the oysters are contaminated. Food poisoning caused by shellfish can lead to symptoms like vomiting, fever,
    diarrhea, amongst others. Take care to buy them for well-established and clean sources.

    Potatoes.

    Food poisoning from potatoes is very rare, but not impossible since raw potatoes can sometimes be of a 'wild' variety that contains toxins to ward off predators. Most breeders control this toxicity in potatoes, but even farmed potatoes could turn green, change colour and display properties of being contaminated. Cooking at high heats takes care of these toxins, which is why
    you must be weary of the potato's colour and texture before adding it in a raw state to any food.

    Cheese.

    Cheese can easily be contaminated with bacterias such as Salmonellaor Listeria, which can, in very extreme and rare cases also lead to miscarriages. No wonder, pregnant women are advised to stay away from cheese varieties such as blue-veined, camembert, brie and feta. Make sure you are not purchasing lose cheese from the market. Always go for branded sealed packed cheese, and do check for its expiry date.

    Berries.


    Some people can be allergic to berries while others might be fond of berries to the extent that they don't mind eating frozen berries - and that is where the germ called Cyclospora lurks, which is an easy cause of cramps, dehydration and diarrhea. Cyclospora can be present in all kind of berries strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries.

    Sprouts

    Sprouts are a popular way to add crunch to salads and in Asian dishes. As the popularity of sprouts increases, however, so too does the potential for foodborne illnesses. Sprouts have been implicated in 31 outbreaks involving 2,022 reported cases of illness since 1990.Seeds may become contaminated in the field or during storage, and the warm and humid conditions required to grow sprouts are ideal for the rapid growth of bacteria. the elderly, young children, and those with compromised immune systems — not eat raw sprouts

    Tomatoes

    The most common hazard associated with tomatoes is salmonella, which accounted for more than half of the reported outbreaks. Salmonella can enter tomato plants through the roots or flowers and can enter the tomato fruit through small cracks in the skin, the stem scar or the plant itself. Restaurants were responsible for 70 percent of all illnesses associated with tomatoes.

    Ice cream

    Soft ice cream can be particularly hazardous to pregnant women. Listeria can survive on metal surfaces — such as the interior of soft ice cream machines — and may contaminate batch after batch of products.Whether served in a cone or in a cup, occasionally can carry a load of dangerous bacteria. like salmonella and staphylcoccus

    Leafy greens

    nutritious greens can also be coated in disease-causing germs Salads and other food items containing leafy greens — iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, leaf lettuce, butter lettuce, baby leaf lettuce, escarole, endive, spring mix, spinach, cabbage, kale, arugula or chard — accounted for 24 percent of the outbreaks, which sickened at least 13,568 people. Another pathogen appearing frequently in leafy greens is norovirus, which was linked to 64 percent of the outbreaks in leafy greens. Salmonella was responsible for another 10 percent. Contamination may be present from production and processing or through improper handling, such as inadequate hand washing.

    No. 1 cause of food poisoning: poultry

    Chicken, turkey and other poultry accounted for 17 percent of the foodborne illness outbreaks

    Several things can cause an outbreak. For example, an infected person might contaminate the food while handling it. A contaminated food may be left out a room temperature for hours, allowing bacteria to multiply. It may not be cooked enough to kill the bacteria.

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    Re: food poisoning

    hi viji,
    food poisoning is a common topic.... but u give a diff view... nice.

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    Re: food poisoning

    Useful information.....
    thanks 4 sharing viji....

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