Poisoning of the Intestine

What is Intestinal Poisoning?

Intestinal poisoning is an illness that is caused by consuming food or drink that has been contaminated with toxic substances.

The poisoning can occur due to bacteria, viruses, parasites, poisonous plants, or chemicals. Foods are the main source of causes of intestinal poisoning but it may also be caused by improper food handling or preparation. Symptoms can range from mild to life threatening.

Symptoms of Intestinal Poisoning

Symptoms of Poisoning of the Intestine include:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dehydration
  • Fever
  • Fatigue

Treatment for Intestinal Poisoning

Treatment for Intestinal Poisoning depends on the type of toxin consumed and the amount consumed. It is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible if you think that you have been contaminated.

A doctor may prescribe medication to help treat the symptoms such as antibiotics to treat infections, anti-diarrheal medication to stop the symptoms, and fluids to help replace the liquids lost due to vomiting and diarrhea.

Prevention of Intestinal Poisoning

The best way to prevent intestinal poisoning is to practice safe food-handling techniques, such as washing hands, cooking food to the appropriate temperature, storing food properly, and avoiding contact with contaminated surfaces.

It is important to avoid eating food that has passed its expiration date and to abstain from consuming unpasteurized foods. It is also important to throw away any foods that have been recalled due to contamination.