Don’t Let Food Poisoning ruin your Holiday!
Everyone’s been there, I know. After a great time with family and an equally great meal…it hit’s you, right in the gut! The next 24-36 hours you become the envy of no one. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) every year in America about 48 million people experience food poisoning. Of those 48 million, 128 thousand are hospitalized and about 3 thousand people actually die from food poisoning and its complications.
Food poisoning is a lay term for a group of food-borne illnesses that are usually caused by bacteria or their toxins and can ruin an evening in a heartbeat. It is typified by a sudden onset of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and/orabdominal pain – usually without fever. The symptoms last around a day and a half with the worst part lasting about 12 hours.
Here are some tips to keep you feeling well after your meals this Christmas season instead of fighting with your stomach:
I hope you find these tips helpful this Christmas season. I leave you now with a word of wisdom. As you go to your each of your Christmas parties, be careful what you eat – because the cook may not have been as careful as you would like.
Dr. Dustin Gentry is a Family Medicine physician at Winston Medical Center. He has an active clinic, nursing home, and hospital practice at WMC and is available forall your healthcare needs. Read this and other articles at Gentrymd.com. You can schedule an appointment today by calling 773-3503.