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How can you treat food poisoning at home?

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Food poisoning can be treated at home by getting plenty of rest and letting a person's stomach settle by avoiding food and drink for a few hours, according to Mayo Clinic. It may also help if a person avoids certain foods in the following days, such as caffeine and alcohol.

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One of the most important things to do while treating a person for food poisoning at home is the ensure she does not become dehydrated, states Mayo Clinic. Encouraging the person to eat ice chips and take small sips of water is one way to help prevent dehydration. A person could also try taking sips of clear soda, drinks with no caffeine or noncarbonated sports drinks, such as Gatorade or Powerade. A person who is getting the right amount of fluids has urine that is mostly clear and not dark and is urinating regularly.

If a person thinks that food poisoning has resulted from eating mushrooms or seafood, then home treatment is not recommended, according to WebMD. Anyone who experiences food poisoning caused by the above foods needs to seek immediate emergency medical care. If symptoms have not improved after three days, or if a person experiences severe stomach pain, fever, bloody diarrhea or vomit, or signs of dehydration, then she should call a doctor as soon as possible.

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