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Have food poisoning? We can help

Food poisoning, or foodborne illness, is caused by consuming food or drink that is contaminated with bacteria, parasites, viruses, or another infectious substance. The result can be several hours – or even days – of miserable symptoms that will likely require you to stay near a bathroom. Since driving to an urgent care center or emergency room during the throes of food poisoning isn’t exactly feasible, DispatchHealth offers a better solution. We can send a qualified medical team to your home to provide you, your child, or a parent with convenient and expert medical care during the day, in the evening, or on a weekend.

When to seek medical attention

It’s difficult to know for sure if you have food poisoning without the expertise of a medical professional, as its symptoms – which may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, and general malaise – are shared by several other medical conditions. In most cases, though, food poisoning symptoms present themselves about one to eight hours after you eat. It’s a good idea to consult with a medical professional if you experience any symptoms that concern you, particularly if you are vomiting or have diarrhea for more than 24 hours.

Common related conditions

Food poisoning is an acute illness that usually isn’t related to other disorders. However, individuals with weakened immune systems, such as seniors, pregnant women, young children, or people with chronic diseases like diabetes or AIDS, may have a higher risk of reacting adversely to contaminated food or beverages.

If left untreated

Food poisoning will typically resolve on its own in a few days. However, the effects of its symptoms may not. Persistent vomiting and/or diarrhea can lead to dehydration, which may require IV fluids to address. DispatchHealth is here to provide medical treatment in the convenience and comfort of your own home – contact us today to request treatment.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Phil Mitchell MD, MS on July 24th, 2019

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