Expert Help for Fighting Food Poisoning

Expert Help for Fighting Food Poisoning
Published on, 25 May, 2024. Answered by Dr. Oumou Diakite and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


I'm currently traveling through Southeast Asia, and about two weeks ago, I got food poisoning, probably from ice cream or salmonella. My symptoms were diarrhea and vomiting for two days. After that, I started feeling a bit better, but I still had very low energy. Since then, every time I eat, I get chronic diarrhea within about 10 minutes after the meal, along with upper abdominal pain.


Answered by Dr. Oumou Diakite


Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


It's essential to address your symptoms promptly to ensure a speedy recovery. For medical treatment, I recommend considering ciprofloxacin, azithromycin, or ceftriaxone. These medications can effectively combat the bacterial infection causing your food poisoning.


Additionally, if you plan to continue traveling, I strongly advise considering vaccination against common pathogens prevalent in the region. However, remember that vaccines are preventive measures and should not replace the necessity of taking prescribed medicines.


To prevent further incidents of food poisoning, it's crucial to practice proper hygiene. Always wash vegetables and fruits thoroughly before consuming them, and consider peeling them to remove any potential contaminants. Equally important is maintaining clean hands before handling food.


In terms of managing your current symptoms, consuming a few biscuits can help control your diarrhea. Additionally, consider supplementing with vitamin C to combat fatigue, a common symptom of food poisoning.


Staying hydrated is paramount to your recovery. Drink plenty of healthy and pure water to replenish fluids lost through diarrhea and vomiting.




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