Food Poisoning - Home Remedies

What are the home remedies you use for food poisoning?

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Food Poisoning Home Remedies

Short episodes of vomiting and small amounts of diarrhea lasting less than 24 hours can usually be cared for at home.

  • Do not eat solid food while nauseous or vomiting but drink plenty of fluids.
    • Small, frequent sips of clear liquids (those you can see through) are the best way to stay hydrated.
    • Avoid alcoholic, caffeinated, or sugary drinks. Over-the-counter rehydration products made for children such as Pedialyte and Rehydralyte are expensive but good to use if available.
    • Sports drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade are fine for adults if they are diluted with water because at full strength they contain too much sugar, which can worsen diarrhea.
    • Home remedies to treat nausea or diarrhea such as tea with lemon and ginger can be used for relief from symptoms. There are no proven herbal food poisoning cures. Consult a health care professional before taking any natural food poisoning remedies.
  • After successfully tolerating fluids, eating should begin slowly, when nausea and vomiting have stopped. Plain foods that are easy on the stomach should be started in small amounts. Initially consider eating rice, wheat, breads, potatoes, low-sugar cereals, lean meats, and chicken (not fried). Milk can be given safely, although some people may experience additional stomach upset due to lactose intolerance.
  • Most food poisonings do not require the use of over-the-counter medicines to stop diarrhea, but they are generally safe if used as directed. It is not recommended that these medications be used to treat children. If there is a question or concern, always check with a doctor.
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Comment from: djb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 28

Apple Cider vinegar, a gulp of about 1/2 oz. Within 30 minutes I was feeling better. I was sweating and feeling yucky with cramping until then.

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Comment from: posioned, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 30

Activated charcoal helped after the onset of symptoms when I could finally keep something down. Then focus on good water and simple fiber foods.

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