Our qualified staff is capable of offering urgent medical care and often deals with cases of food poisoning and other issues related to the consumption of foods that cause a violent reaction within the body. Our staff can help a patient determine if their symptoms have been caused by something they ate or whether they were caused by a virus or other illness. Food poisoning can be extremely dangerous depending on the amount of food consumed and the severity of its affect on the body. individuals who have an extremely severe case, can experience other issues such as dehydration and a depletion of electrolytes When other doctors’ offices are closed, seeking after hours urgent care may be a person’s only option other than visiting an emergency room.
Knowing the symptoms of food poisoning will help the patient receive adequate treatment. Some of the symptoms include:
- severe abdominal pain
- abdominal cramping
- cold sweats
Food poisoning normally makes its appearance within a few hours of the tainted food being consumed. Severe cramping is normally the first clue that something is amiss and can cause a person to double over in pain. Feelings of nausea are often the next signs to present themselves. Once vomiting begins, it will most often continue until the stomach is completely void of any remnants of the offending meal.
By providing urgent medical care, we will be able to help the patient determine how far along they are in the progression of the illness. We can provide medications that will reduce the discomfort associated with nausea and vomiting. This will only be effective once the stomach has emptied itself of the contents that are causing the violent reactions. Once the contaminants are gone, the medication can begin to soothe the system and settle the stomach.
When offering urgent medical care, our staff knows that the effects of food poisoning do not end quickly. Once the stomach has been settled, the next area of concern is diarrhea. An excessive amount of fluid can be lost through vomiting. When diarrhea finally begins, the body will once again begin to lose an abundance of fluids. This can lead to dehydration and further health complications. The loss of electrolytes along with bodily fluids can make a person extremely weak.
When food poisoning has been diagnosed, a person must be closely watched in case the dehydration becomes severe. Providing urgent medical care as quickly and efficiently as possible, allows us to help the patient through the difficult periods and offer them treatment that includes anti-nausea medications as well as intravenous fluids to prevent dehydration and excessive fluid loss. It is our goal to make sure that the symptoms associated with food poisoning are controlled and they are kept as comfortable as possible.