Food Poisoning Health (cont.)

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When to Seek Medical Care

Contact your doctor if any of the following situations occur:

  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea lasts for more than two days.
  • The ill person is a child younger than three years of age.
  • The abdominal symptoms are associated with a low-grade fever.
  • Symptoms begin after recent foreign travel.
  • Other family members or friends who ate the same thing are also sick.
  • The ill person cannot keep any liquids down.
  • The ill person does not improve within two days even though they are drinking large amounts of fluids.
  • The ill person has a disease or illness that weakens their immune system (for example, HIV/AIDS, cancer and undergoing chemotherapy, kidney disease).
  • The ill person cannot take their normal prescribed medications because of vomiting.
  • The ill person has any nervous system symptoms such as slurred speech, muscle weakness, double vision, or difficulty swallowing.
  • The ill person is pregnant.

Go to the nearest hospital's emergency department if any of the following situations occur:

  • The ill person passes out or collapse, become dizzy, lightheaded, or has problems with vision.
  • A fever higher than 101 F (38.3 C) occurs with the abdominal symptoms.
  • Sharp or cramping pains do not go away after 10-15 minutes.
  • The ill person's stomach or abdomen swells.
  • The skin and/or eyes turn yellow.
  • The ill person is vomiting blood or having bloody bowel movements.
  • The ill person stops urinating, have decreased urination, or have urine that is dark in color.
  • The ill person develops problems with breathing, speaking, or swallowing.
  • One or more joints swell or a rash breaks out on the ill person's skin.
  • The ill person or caretaker considers the situation to be an emergency.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/12/2013

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