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 signs of food poisoning

Symptoms of food poisoning

Food poisoning - it's acute illness arising after a meal with a pronounced colonization by some microorganisms, toxic products of their activity or the nature of non-microbial substances.

Frequent types of food poisoning are microbial toxicosis. In contrast to food poisoning, in which the poisoning is caused both by bacteria and their toxins, microbial toxicosis arise when consuming foods containing large amounts of toxins that have accumulated in it as a result of propagation of the infectious agent. Live microorganisms thus can be omitted entirely or be present in minor amounts. Microbial toxicosis divided into bacterial and fungal. Bacterial microbial toxicosis include botulism infection and certain types of product of staphylococci.

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Food poisoning canned foods - botulism

Boltulizm - is poisoning caused by bacteria botulinum toxins, which are strict anaerobes, that is only live and develop without air. They live in the soil, and then get on the vegetables, fruits and mushrooms. Botulism bacteria do dangerous only when the fall in canned food. In this case, they first (during the heat treatment product) turn into arguments, and then germinate and produce the strongest poison botulinum (botulinum toxin), which causes food etching. You can have poisoned by eating home canned foods (vegetables, meat, mushroom, fish).

Symptoms of food poisoning in this case is not difficult to identify: a couple of hours (but can go through and two days) after eating contaminated with botulinum toxin, there are malaise, headache, dizziness Dizziness - if the ground is slipping from under his feet  Dizziness - if the ground is slipping from under his feet
 , Low-grade fever.

Then there are acute abdominal pain Acute abdominal pain  Acute abdominal pain
   in the form of cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. One day all of these phenomena are, but there are dry mouth, constipation and flatulence. In a few hours the patient has blurred vision (diplopia), drooping eyelids, smoothing nasolabial folds and wrinkles due to paresis (temporary immobilization) of the facial muscles. Then join life-threatening symptoms such as difficulty swallowing or inability to complete, a hoarse voice or no voice, respiratory distress and death of the patient from suffocation or cardiac arrest. If you suspect botulism need as early as possible to call an ambulance.

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Staphylococcal food poisoning

Microbial toxicosis caused by staphylococcus, are associated with the release of the toxin (intestinal poison) of the pathogen. The toxin is stable to heat and freezing and withstands prolonged autoclaving. Infection with staphylococcus food can occur when it is in contact with people who have different pustular disease (eg, purulent inflammation in the area of ​​nail phalanges - panaritiums) or those suffering from purulent tonsillitis. To accumulate enterotoxins in foods sufficiently 4 - 5 hours.

Staphylococcal enterotoxin acts on the parasympathetic nervous system, and through it to the myocardium (heart muscle) and the entire cardiovascular system, causing a sharp drop in blood pressure Blood pressure - dangerous if his swing?  Blood pressure - dangerous if his swing?
 . Furthermore, entnrotoksin stimulate motor activity of the gastrointestinal tract.

Symptoms of the disease appear after 2 - 4 hours after eating a contaminated food.

First, there is a general malaise and chills, then - nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain Abdominal pain: Types and Symptoms  Abdominal pain: Types and Symptoms
 . Diarrhea and fever are not always, but sometimes the temperature still rises to high numbers.

Repeated vomiting and diarrhea can cause dehydration and a violation of water-salt balance, which poses a direct threat to the life of the patient. In severe cases, there may be convulsions and sudden severe drop in blood pressure - collapse.

The disease runs hard, but not for long, not more than 1 - 2 days, and then begins the healing process. Staphylococcal food poisoning generally require medical care, without severe poisoning can be fatal.

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Fungal microbial toxicosis

Fungal microbial toxicosis (mycotoxicoses) are caused by the toxins of many fungi. Food poisoning is usually caused by Fusarium. This can happen after eating products from overwintered under snow grain containing the fungus Fusarium toxins. This disease is serious and can result in death of the victim.

When used bread made from corn, Fusarium affected, there is a syndrome of "drunken bread." At the same time there is a weakness, a feeling of heaviness in the legs, stiff gait, headaches, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain. With long-term human consumption of such products may occur anemia, mental disorders and even death of the patient.

Poisonings are different and almost all of them require urgent medical assistance.

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 activated charcoal for poisoning

Activated charcoal for poisoning

Activated carbon - an effective natural treatment for food poisoning. This adsorbent which absorbs toxic substances and removing them from the gastrointestinal tract. For the treatment of food poisoning are widely used drugs of activated carbon - activated carbon, karbolong, Polyphepanum (not recommended the use of these drugs in patients with erosive and ulcerative lesions of the stomach and intestines), is very popular enterosgel Enterosgel - cleanse the body of toxic substances  Enterosgel - cleanse the body of toxic substances
   (it does not irritate the mucous membranes of the alimentary canal, has a high activity only adsorbs toxic substances, and cholesterol). Activated carbon can also help ease diarrhea, stop nausea and vomiting. This natural treatment for food poisoning, the result of which is noticeable after a few minutes.


What you will need:

  • Activated carbon;
  • water

Buy powder, capsules or tablets of activated carbon. Activated carbon can be purchased over the Internet, in a pharmacy or a supermarket.

Take 3-4 tablets of activated carbon (or dose indicated on the package) as soon as you feel nausea, stomach pain Pain in the stomach when the body asks for help  Pain in the stomach when the body asks for help
   or the urge to vomit.

Wash down the tablets with plenty of water (at least one glass of water), or activated charcoal may cause constipation Constipation - Watch out for food  Constipation - Watch out for food
   and intestinal obstruction.

Throughout the day, continue to drink water How to drink water to lose weight  How to drink water to lose weight
   in a large amount to prevent dehydration due to diarrhea, as well as to accelerate removal of toxins from the gastrointestinal tract.

Take the recommended dose of activated charcoal twice a day to get rid of the symptoms of food poisoning.

Take activated carbon for three days before or after exposure until the symptoms disappear completely.

If home treatment does not help and symptoms persist, consult a doctor. Advanced cases, especially in children, with frequent diarrhea, vomiting, severe deterioration of general condition, can have serious consequences, accompanied by a hit of microbes in the blood, dehydration, so do not delay seeking medical help.


Tips & Warnings

Pregnant women and people who are being treated should not take activated charcoal and drugs without first consulting a physician. Activated carbon can slow the absorption of drugs, however it should be taken two hours before or two hours after drug administration.