Food Poisoning

Consuming contaminated or spoilt food can cause food poisoning leading to diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, fever, abdominal pain, weakness, headache, etc. E.coli, Listeria, Salmonella, Campylobacter, C.botulinum, Toxoplasma, norovirus, sapovirus, and rotavirus mainly cause food poisoning. Meat, dairy, and eggs are frequently found to be contaminated. Treatment includes antimicrobials and rehydration with fluid and electrolytes, with which food poisoning resolves within two or three days.

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I have multiple episodes of loose stools a day. What medicines should I take?

Query: Hi doctor, I had food poisoning last week. My nausea has subsided, but I still have runny stools multiple times daily. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Valecha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 1. Hydrate with electrolytes. 2. Take probiotic powder thrice a day. 3. You may take an over-the-counter drug. 4. You may take Bismuth subsalicylate, one tablet once, if diarrhea does not improve. If no improvement is seen, I suggest that you may need antibiotics...  Read Full »

My wife had food poisoning four months ago and still suffers from the same symptoms. What are the options to cure it?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife has an active lifestyle and takes good care of her health, except for long-term diabetic treatment on Metformin. Also, she has been taking medications for high blood pressure. However, the main issue was that she suffered food poisoning four months ago. She was hospitalized for tw...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Bansari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Could you please clarify the state of hypertension and diabetes? Is it under control, or is she on medications? Also, can you please elaborate a little more on what has happened? What do you mean by food poisoning? Whether it is diarrhea o...  Read Full »

My 5-year-old son complained of tummy ache two weeks before. Is it a tummy bug or something else?

Query: Hello doctor, My 5-year-old son recently had a tummy bug. He was complaining of tummy ache and fatigue two weeks before. He was fine the next day but woke up several times that night due to tummy pain. The next day, he got really tired after school and was nauseous. He fell sick around five times th...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for writing, and I can understand your concern. It can be food poisoning or infection of the intestine, due to which dull pain and discomfort are seen. So, I suggest you get a stool sample culture test and complete blood count (CBC) done to rule out infecti...  Read Full »

What can be done to prevent outcomes from oleander flowers that I ate without knowing their toxicity?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 60 year old male, who weighs 165 kg, and I am 172 cm tall. I have a bowel problem, and so I have recently become a vegetarian. I ate three oleander plant flowers 18 hours ago with my evening meal, not knowing they were toxic, as I am not a gardener. I found out that they were t...  Read Full »

Dr. Prathap

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Oleander is a cardiac toxin, and it presents as lightheadedness, vomiting, and occasionally cardiac problems. Ideally, it is advisable to get admitted, and cardiac monitoring should be done. In the home, management can be problematic if there are any cardiac issues. So, m...  Read Full »

I am experiencing erectile dysfunction. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have noticed that I have had issues with ED. A few years back, I experienced severe food poisoning. Since then, I periodically have had trouble with bowel movements. Therefore, I occasionally use an enema or douche bulb. I have no health concerns outside of this issue. I am taking Lisin...  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query, and I am sorry for the issues you are facing. I will try to guide you in your query. Erectile dysfunction (ED) is defined as the inability to attain and or maintain penile erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual performance. The DSM-V (di...  Read Full »

Does vomiting and nauseous feeling after having fast food indicate food poisoning?

Query: Hi doctor, I had some fast food from the last two days, and I am feeling nauseous. I even vomited once, after which, I felt little better. I am feeling a bit better now, but the vomiting tendency is still there. I am also burping a lot, which has the same taste of the fast food. I do not feel like e...  Read Full »

Dr. Ramesh Kumar S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As per your query, most likely, you have gastroenteritis. Gastroenteritis is inflammation of gastric mucosa. Most commonly, it is viral. Viral gastroenteritis usually limits itself to 7 to 10 days. But in your case, as it is already more than 10 days, I would advis...  Read Full »

My wife and I both experienced heartburn weeks ago. Have we contracted a bacteria?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife and I both started experiencing heartburn two weeks ago. It began at the same time for both of us. I had taken Pantoprazole for a year, and it has kept me in a good place related to heartburn. I also use Simvastatin and Losartan. Could we have contracted some bacteria causin...  Read Full »

Dr. Habeeb Abdulrasheed

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. Food poisoning in the form of bacterial ingestion does not typically give this kind of symptom. Most likely, you have gastroesophageal reflux disease. It may be from acid reflux from your stomach to your lower eso...  Read Full »

Why does my 10-year-old daughter throw up every time she eats or drinks something?

Query: Hello doctor, My 10 year old daughter has been throwing up immediately after eating or drinking anything. This has been going on since the last five days. She has no fever, headache or diarrhea. All the LT, CBP and urine tests are normal. Presently she is on injection Rantac and tablet Pan. She ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Preeti Puranik

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The vomiting could be due to gastritis or food poisoning. As there is no fever or diarrhea, infection is unlikely and food poisoning generally subsides in two to thr...  Read Full »

I have diarrhea, bloating, and my fart does not smell good. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had diarrhea from the evening, and my stomach feels bloated. It does not smell good. I am taking electrolytes and do not eat anything. I started taking medications for my high BP three weeks ago. What should I do now? Shall I eat a banana? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Rajendran R. Nayar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand that you have acute gastroenteritis. It may be due to food poisoning or a viral infection. I suggest you do a COVID-19 test (Coronavirus Disease-2019). Kindly monitor your temperature as your increased heart rate may be due to a fever. It is an excellent th...  Read Full »

Do stomach ache and diarrhea after intake of a large meal indicate food poisoning?

Query: Hi doctor, I had stomach ache and diarrhea last Monday and vomited last Tuesday (two days). Probably due to food with coconut milk and other dishes (mostly meat and sweets) I ate last Sunday night. I am a 25-year-old female. I had the same history when I ate too much meat last month. Last time I to...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajendran R. Nayar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand you had stomach discomfort and diarrhea for two days. It is better to get a COVID RT-PCR (reverse transcriptase polymerize chain reaction) test to rule out any COVID infection. Meanwhile, please isolate until you get the test result. Your symptoms may be du...  Read Full »

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