- Food poisoning is a common infectious condition that affects millions of people in the United States each year.
- Most commonly, people complain of
- diarrhea, and
- cramping abdominal pain.
- People should seek medical care if they have an associated fever, blood in their stool (rectal bleeding), signs and symptoms of dehydration, or if their symptoms do not resolve after a couple of days.
- Treatment for food poisoning focuses on keeping the affected person well hydrated.
- Most cases of food poisoning resolve on their own.
- Prevention is key and depends upon keeping food preparation areas clean, proper hand washing, and cooking foods thoroughly.
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