I’ve got food poi­son­ing

Prima (UK) - - Best Of Health -

Al­ways keep raw poul­try and ready-toeat food sep­a­rate, thor­oughly wash hands, use a meat ther­mome­ter to make sure meat is prop­erly cooked and use up left­over turkey within three days. Mild cases of gas­troen­teri­tis are best treated by eat­ing a light diet (eg, Bio yo­gurt, thin soup) but avoid fruit and dairy prod­ucts as th­ese can make symp­toms worse. Drink lots of flu­ids to avoid de­hy­dra­tion. An elec­trolyte so­lu­tion (avail­able from chemists) will help re­store body salts, and a pro­bi­otic sup­ple­ment will help re­plen­ish the bowel with pro­tec­tive bac­te­ria. Ask a phar­ma­cist about us­ing anti-di­ar­rhoea med­i­ca­tions, such as lop­eramide. If symp­toms are more se­vere, or last longer than a day or two, seek med­i­cal ad­vice, so that the cause may be found and treat­ment given, if nec­es­sary. If a baby or in­fant de­vel­ops di­ar­rhoea, tell your GP as they can be­come quickly de­hy­drated.

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