It’s the most wonderful time of the year to gather around the holiday table with friends, family and food! Since food is a major theme of the holiday season, it is important to ensure it is cooked thoroughly and that leftovers are chilled immediately, as the last thing you want this season is food poisoning. 

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Sevierville is here to offer you tips on how you can combat food poisoning as soon as possible should symptoms arise this holiday season. 

How Long Does Food Poisoning Last?

Although symptoms of food poisoning can begin within a few hours of coming in contact with a contaminated piece of food or drink, the condition can last a little longer. 

Depending on the severity and source of contamination, food poisoning can last from a few hours to a few days. 

Food Poisoning Symptoms

  • Pain in abdomen
  • Chills
  • Dehydration
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Indigestion

What Is the Treatment for Food Poisoning?

Food poisoning is one of those things that must be allowed to run its course. However, due to the vomiting, nausea and diarrhea, it can put you at risk for becoming dehydrated. 

As a result, it is important that you sip on water or low-calorie electrolyte beverages throughout the day to replenish electrolytes and keep you hydrated. If you are unable to drink or eat, then it is important to seek medical attention, as intravenous fluids might be needed. 

Foods That Commonly Cause Food Poisoning

  • Poultry
  • Vegetables and leafy greens
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Deli meats
  • Rice
  • Unpasteurized dairy
  • Eggs
  • Fruit

Think you may have food poisoning? Visit our medical team at AFC Urgent Care Sevierville for a diagnosis and treatment plan as soon as possible! We are open seven days a week.