Weekly First-aid Topic: First-Aid Tips for Food Poisoning


Food poisoning is the most common disease among various types of poisoning accidents. According to the type and degree of infection, food poisoning may lead to gastrointestinal discomfort and diarrhea as well as vomiting. In severe cases, it may cause death. How to deal with suspected food poisoning?

Symptoms of food poisoning and acute gastroenteritis are similar, but the former has a rapid onset and concentrated symptoms. If you have a suspected case of poisoning, it is advised to timely drink a lot of water for dilution. Pressing your throat through your fingers can induce vomiting. You should go to hospital for treatment as soon as possible. Having a food poisoning for more than 2 hours will poison blood, which may cause difficulties in treatment. If a children has food poisoning, he or she has to be immediately sent to hospital and do not delay the rescue due to vomiting and other acts.

The following points should be kept in mind to prevent food poisoning. Refrigeration can only slow the rate of bacterial growth. Food in the refrigerator need to be thoroughly heated for sterilization before eating. Meat, eggs, dairy products require special attention to sterilization. Moldy food should be thrown away, even if there is a part with no mold. Cooked food should be consumed within 2 hours. If you have symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting and other symptoms of suspected poisoning, in order to avoid infecting others, do not cook or prepare food. Good personal sanitary and dietary habits are fundamental to preventing food poisoning.