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No, you do not always vomit with food poisoning
Although it is common to have symptoms of nausea and vomiting with food poisoning, you don’t always have these symptoms.
A study found that out of more than 500 people who had been poisoned by either acetaminophen (Tylenol) or metamizole (Motilium), only 33% experienced nausea and 4% vomited.
It is also possible for someone to become sick from eating too much contaminated fruit or drinking too much water containing toxins.
This happens because the contents of your stomach are fluid. When too much acid or alcohol mixes in with what you eat, it can make you feel nauseous and cause you to purge.
Purging occurs when healthy cells in the gut are killed and released into the blood stream, making you tired and giving you low energy. These are two reasons why starving yourself may help with all types of bad eating habits.
Also remember that with bad cooking methods, like boiling fish or meat at high temperatures, there is risk of permanent injury to your digestive system.
Eating something toxic may cause you to vomit, but that does not mean you are poisoned
If you experience anything like nausea or vomiting with no other explanation, it is possible you are experiencing simple food poisoning. This can be caused by eating something containing alcohol, caffeine, tomatoes, strawberries, beans, peppers, cucumbers, milk, candy, or any other foods in your diet.
Unfortunately, some people interpret “normal” stomach activity as pain, and assume their mouth is burning because of dental work. Then they come down with a severe case of tooth/gum damage (which could easily have been prevented).
This assumption also assumes a connection between what you eat and how you feel. But your body has its own recovery process for toxins, and there’s nothing wrong when you only have symptoms of poison exposure.
While you may want to purge after you eat something toxic, you do not need to
It is perfectly normal to have symptoms of nausea and vomiting with food poisoning. However, while it can be very uncomfortable, neither fasting nor purging is necessary for this infection to go away.
These are only recommendations by doctors. If you feel too sick to take any solids, then don’t worry about it. Clean yourself using water as soon as possible.
If you make a habit of doing this, shortly afterwards you will start to notice your nausea fading. Then, once you feel ready, try taking small bites of some foods.
You will find that eventually they will taste better than before. This illness should also cause your stool to soften; however, if it doesn’t get softer along with your stomach, you might have diarrhea instead.
Keep checking in with your doctor and nurse until you return to healthy habits or they assure you that there no new infections happening and your blood levels are back to normal.
Talk to your doctor or health professional
After you have contacted emergency services, there are some things they can do to help you recover.
Your healthcare team will decide how best to reduce inflammation in your stomach (if any), as well as to treat the cause of your nausea and vomiting.
They may give you antibiotics if needed, or recommend another antibiotic that works better.
Also, idiopathic gastrointestinal disorders happen because of an underlying medical issue, so your physician will also check for other problems.
If symptoms persist after several days, or if complications occur, then surgery may be required. However, under almost all circumstances, a careful review by surgical specialists is highly recommended about initial treatment decisions.
It is difficult to make recommendations for specific conditions due to limited research into this area, but it is known that more studies need to be performed.
Until additional research is done, here’s what I’ve learned from doctors about treating nausea and vomiting.
Try home remedies
There are many different ways to ease the symptoms of food poisoning. Some work quickly, after only one or two hours. Others take longer and you can feel better for several days.
Many work directly addressing your stomach pain/discomfort. Other options allow your digestive system to start working again naturally.
This article discusses some basic home remedies that may help if you’re experiencing side effects from eating toxic foods. Talk about these with your doctor before trying them as they might add additional relief.
However, any type of remedy could backfire and make your situation worse. If you try something without consulting your doctor first, don’t be surprised if you end up in hospital.
Doctors advise people to take short walks, exercise, drink lots of water, and avoid alcohol. All of these things will reduce inflammation in your body and help get your passage through digestion moving again.
Also, spicy foods have been known to help. A small amount of chili pepper (e.g. green peppers) can help reduce nausea and vomiting. Unfortunately, chili peppers are also nightshades, which means consuming too much raw pepper can increase your risk of skin cancer.
Try commercial remedies
There are many over-the-counter (OTC) treatments for nausea and vomiting associated with food poisoning. Home remedies can also help if you experience mild symptoms of food poison.
In fact, numerous studies have show that home treatment using OTC medications is just as effective as professional medical care. This includes vitamins C and K, which play a role in preventing damage from oxidative stress.
Also known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and naproxen, are used to reduce pain and inflammation. While they do not cure the underlying cause of your illness, they can provide relief.
Finally, acetaminophen or paracetamol (known as Tylenol) may be taken when you feel like you’re having a reaction to foods you eat. This medication helps reduce fever and pain caused by the infection.
However, these medications should only be used short term due to possible long-term effects. Also, since they treat the symptom of nausea and vomiting rather than the actual cause, you may still vomit after taking them.
Another thing to note about OTC therapies is that they usually contain no antibiotics. As such, they will not kill the bacteria responsible for the initial trigger of your meal intolerance.But don’t rely on ones alone to fix this problem. Consult several different products before making any purchase decision.
Seek emergency treatment
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor or ambulance immediately :
You are experiencing pain.
You have difficulty breathing.
You feel dizzy.
You have passed out.
You suffer from nausea (feeling like you cannot stand it).
You have vomiting.
You believe you have ingested something toxic.
Pass your stool
If you experienced nausea and vomiting with another food, then it is likely that the cause was something from foods. When you are diagnosed with food poisoning, the healthcare provider will ask to take your stools for evaluation of any recent or ongoing symptoms. Most often, food bacteria are involved without there being a specific source identified.
You will be instructed to pass as much stools as possible during the day through defecation or by drinking lots of liquids which can liquefy your bowel contents. Healthcare providers do not usually collect stools specifically to look for parasites such as giardia.
To diagnose food poisoning, we examine your stomach content and waste material once they have emptied into the colon. A physician will also perform an exam of your feces (bowel movement) to help us determine what may be causing your diarrhea and/or vomiting.
Move your food and water
If you have nausea or vomiting, moving your body is an important part of getting better.
Both having no movement and remaining upright greatly increase the risk of health problems occurring, so staying in one place only makes things worse.
Not to mention that throwing up keeps you from consuming necessary nutrients and minerals.
Next time you feel sick, get some air into your system. Or if you are able to walk, then take a stroll.
And don’t forget to drink some water. The more fluid you can force yourself to swallow, the better it will help your stomach quiet down and stop feeling tight.
If you cannot walk, find something near you that you can lay against and support your head, such as a coffee table or armrest.