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Methods of treating food poisoning

Food poisoning can occur after eating food contaminated with bacteria, viruses or parasites. The most common symptoms include diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal pain and fever. It is important to treat these symptoms quickly to avoid any complications. Here are some treatment methods to follow in the event of food poisoning:

1. Rehydration

Rehydration is essential in cases of food poisoning to prevent dehydration due to fluid loss caused by diarrhoea and vomiting. Drinking plenty of water, clear broth or electrolyte solutions is recommended to restore the body's water balance.

Specific drinks for adults and children are available from pharmacies in the form of sachets to be diluted in water (e.g. Oral Rehydration Salts). These solutions contain a precise blend of electrolytes to help compensate for losses due to vomiting and diarrhoea.

2. Light food

During a bout of food poisoning, it is advisable to eat a light, easily digestible diet so as not to put further strain on an already weakened digestive system. Here are a few examples of suitable foods:

  • White rice
  • Ripe bananas
  • Fruit compotes (apple, pear, etc.)
  • Toast or rusks
  • Plain yoghurt
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Avoid fatty, spicy and hard-to-digest foods such as :

  • Fried foods and dishes in sauce
  • Whole milk products (cream, butter...)
  • Raw vegetables and insoluble fibres (salads, cabbage...)
  • Caffeine and sweetened soft drinks

3. Using natural remedies

Certain natural remedies can help relieve the symptoms of food poisoning. Here are a few examples:

  • Lovage : This plant is known for its anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory properties. It can be taken as an herbal tea.
  • Lovage

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