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Food poisoning is treated in various ways depending on your specific symptoms and severity. You should always see a doctor right away if you have symptoms of food poisoning. You can either go to the ER or get an appointment with your primary care physician. Read below to learn more about how these medical professionals might treat your condition.

If you get food poisoning, you may have large medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. If another party is responsible for your food poisoning, you may be able to recover compensation for these expenses, as well as your pain and suffering. You should consult a food poisoning lawyer to learn about your options.

How Will the ER Treat Food Poisoning?

Some food poisoning cases require immediate medical care. It is best to have someone drive you to the nearest ER because food poisoning can lead to serious and potentially life-threatening complications.

At the ER, doctors will likely:

  • Order an IV right away to prevent you from becoming dehydrated and losing valuable electrolytes.
  • Prescribe pain medications if you have severe abdominal pain so that you can rest and heal.
  • Prescribe medicine for nausea and vomiting, most likely through an IV if you are throwing up.
  • Check for blood in your stool or vomit and order appropriate tests.
  • Consider admitting you if you have other significant symptoms or your condition gets worse.

How Primary Care Physicians Treat Food Poisoning?

If you don’t go to the ER, you should see your primary care physician. They can run tests to determine what kind of food poisoning you have and prescribe medication for nausea or pain.

Your doctor will assess if you are dehydrated. If you are extremely dehydrated, they may tell you to go to the ER or call for an ambulance from their office.

Extreme dehydration can lead to irregular heart rate, low blood pressure, and other life-threatening conditions. If you are not severely dehydrated, your doctor may suggest plenty of fluids such as Gatorade, Powerade, or Pedialyte.

Your doctor may also suggest other over-the-counter medications like Pepto Bismol or Imodium. You may not want to take any over-the-counter medication without asking your doctor first.

Food Poisoning Medications

The ER and your doctor may prescribe you specific medications to treat your food poisoning. If they believe you have food poisoning bacteria, such as E. coli or Salmonella, your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic. It’s essential to take the medication until it runs out. Do not stop taking it, even if you start feeling better.

Call OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers

If you suffered from food poisoning because of someone’s negligence, you could recover money damages for ER and medical bills, lost pay, and emotional trauma. OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers routinely work with experts and doctors who handle food poisoning cases.

We can help you find the resources you need if you are ill and help you pursue compensation from those responsible.

When you’re able, call our food poisoning lawyers at (888) 828-7087 or use our online contact form for a free consultation.

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