Same-day treatment for food poisoning

Food poisoning symptoms

The symptoms of food poisoning vary depending on what’s causing the infection. Generally, people with mild food poisoning experience:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Frequent diarrhea
  • Stomach pain and cramps
  • Fever
  • Symptoms of dehydration, including headache, dry mouth and fatigue

When to seek urgent medical care

Serious cases of food poisoning can lead to organ damage and life-threatening dehydration.

Call 911 or visit the emergency room for these symptoms:

  • Fever higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Seizures or muscle cramps
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Confusion
  • Vision changes
  • Dizziness
  • Change or loss of consciousness
  • Severe diarrhea and vomiting, which may be bloody or very dark

Preventing and treating food poisoning

Food poisoning typically resolves on its own within 1 to 10 days. If rest and fluids don’t help, our urgent care providers may treat dehydration with:

  • Electrolytes for severe dehydration
  • Antibiotics for severe food poisoning caused by bacteria
  • Monitoring for complications to provide prompt intervention

You can help prevent foodborne illnesses by handling food properly. Follow these tips to prevent food poisoning:

  • Wash fruits and vegetables before eating them.
  • Throw away expired food and food that looks or smells bad.
  • Clean and dry kitchen surfaces used to handle raw meat, seafood and eggs.
  • Heat foods to their proper temperature.
  • Throw out foods that have been unrefrigerated for more than two hours.

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