Food poisoning is one of the most common summer problems patients are coming with these days .

Rates of food poisoning increase in summer months because bacteria grow faster in warmer weather. Eating food left in the Danger Zone (40°F to 140°F) for too long can make people sick.

Food poisoning which is caused by the consumption of contaminated food or water.

The warm and humid weather provides a fertile environment for bacterial growth leading to food contamination.

It spreads by bacteria, viruses, toxins, and chemicals which post entering the human body cause the onset of

-stomach pain/ cramps
-nausea
-diarrhoea and
-vomiting

Food sold in the open by roadside vendors and contaminated water are common carriers of disease-causing microbes.

Food poisoning symptoms may range from mild to severe and may differ depending on the germ you swallowed.

It may take hours or days before you develop symptoms. If you experience symptoms of food poisoning, such as diarrhea or vomiting, drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. Call your Physician if you have severe symptoms, including:
• Bloody stools
• High fever (temperature over 102°F, measured orally)
• Frequent vomiting that prevents keeping liquids down (which can lead to dehydration)
• Signs of dehydration, including little or no urination, a parched mouth, and throat, or feeling dizzy when standing up
• Diarrhea that lasts more than three days.

Homeopathy approch

Homoeopathy being holistic medicine, is very effective when it comes to not only chronic conditions but also acute conditions like GI infections.
Once the symptoms are noted after a thorough diagnosis, treatments are prescribed accordingly.

Medicines like Arsenic Album, Nux Vomica and Merc Sol are recommended to alleviate symptoms like nausea, fever, stomach cramps and diarrhea – common to all GI infections.

Preventive measures

Do not eat undercooked and street food and avoid eating outside.

Dr. Kajal Verma

Try to eat fresh fruits and vegetables like watermelon, cucumber, sugarcane and mangoes.

Now, let’s raise a glass of iced tea & buttermilk to well-cooked food, rinsed veggies, and chilled fruit salad and enjoy summer’s sunshine outside and inside you.

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