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First aid What to do if you have food poisoning

When germs lurk in the food

Everything looked so delicious and tasted good! Food poisoning is often severe and brings with it unpleasant symptoms. What tasted good the day before can cause nasty abdominal pain the next day and cause vomiting, diarrhea, fever, circulatory problems or joint pain. The complaints can be different for everyone.

Who are the polluters?

A wide variety of bacteria, such as salmonella, listeria, Escherichia coli, but also viruses or toxins (e.g. from seafood, fish) and poisonous mushrooms are possible causes. The pathogens can colonize a wide variety of foods.

Here are some examples

  • Salmonella is often found in raw eggs, egg products (mayonnaise, creams, salads with egg), dairy products (ice cream), raw meat, mince or tartare. But they can also sometimes be detected in salads from the bag
  • Listeria can be found in raw milk, raw milk cheese or raw meat
  • Campylobacter are mainly found in insufficiently heated and well-fried poultry meat or products with raw eggs
  • Escherichia coli can be found in raw beef, chicken, or raw milk

Toadstool, such as the toadstool and the cap mushroom, lead to severe poisoning. The death cap mushroom is unfortunately often confused with the mushroom. Fish and seafood can be stored incorrectly and for too long, so that bacteria have penetrated.

Viruses can also be the cause of food poisoning. Usually noroviruses and rotaviruses are to blame.

What to do when the food is on your stomach

If the symptoms persist for an unusually long time or if they are particularly severe, a doctor should be consulted. Important: Food poisoning in babies and children should always be assessed by a doctor because their immune system is not yet fully functional. Germs and toxins affect children more.

Seniors and people with chronic illnesses should then also go to the doctor or call the emergency doctor (112)

In the event of mushroom poisoning, the poison control center and / or an emergency doctor should be contacted immediately. In the case of mushroom poisoning, the person concerned has to go to the hospital.

Poison Information Center (GGIZ)
Phone: 0361 - 730 730
Klinikum Erfurt GmbH
Nordhäuserstr. 74
99098 Erfurt

Which drugs help?

Drugs for food poisoning work against vomiting and diarrhea. Electrolyte solutions e.g. against diarrhea. They are available as a powder that can be mixed in the pharmacy. Please ask your doctor or pharmacist before taking. Antibiotics only work if the causative agent is bacteria, for example salmonella or listeria.