Treatment and Diagnosis of Foodborne Illnesses
Foodborne illnesses, commonly known as food poisoning, are the result of consuming a contaminated food product or drink. Diagnosis typically involves a detailed history of the length of sickness and a list of any foods consumed leading up to the onset of sickness. Dr. Yamini will also carry out a physical exam, which will include determining whether you are suffering from dehydration. Other diagnostic tools may include blood tests, stool culture and examination for parasites.
You may not need treatment for food poisoning. For severe cases of food poisoning, replacement of fluids and electrolytes may help you get over the illness. In more severe cases, patients require hospitalization to prevent complications arising from dehydration. Bacterial foodborne illnesses can be treated with antibiotics either orally or intravenously, depending on the foodborne illness. It is important to consult with an experienced gastroenterologist such as Dr. Yamini to ensure you receive appropriate and effective treatment.
What are the Symptoms of Foodborne Illnesses?
Most people suspect food poisoning when they have recently eaten and begin to experience the onset of certain symptoms. These symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, watery diarrhea (bloody stools), abdominal pain, cramps and a fever. These are common symptoms that may indicate a number of gastrointestinal illnesses, so it is important to seek medical attention if such symptoms persist.
Foodborne illnesses can result in an unpleasant time for patients. Severe abdominal pain, vomiting and frequent diarrhea are common symptoms. You do not have to allow the symptoms of a foodborne illness to cause significant disruption to your life. Dr. Yamini can provide effective treatment at his California offices.
Contact the offices of Dr. David Yamini today if you have been experiencing the symptoms of food poisoning for more than a week. We provide expert consultation and can provide the treatment that you need.