Food Poisoning Treatment Overview
First steps to consider
- Mild or early symptoms of food poisoning can be treated at home and will usually get better in a few days.
- Drink plenty of fluids, eat a bland diet (crackers, toast, oatmeal, rice), and use heat packs for stomach cramps
When you may need a provider
- Your symptoms last longer than 3 days.
- You have symptoms of dehydration, like dark urine, being thirsty.
- Your symptoms are severe.
- Young children, older adults, pregnant people, or people with weak immune systems should call a doctor.
Go to the ER if you have any of the following symptoms:
- You are unable to eat or drink anything
- You feel dizzy or faint
- You feel very dehydrated (very thirsty with decreased urination and fatigue)
- Blood in the stool or vomit
- Severe abdominal pain
- Blurry vision or numbness
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