Food Poisoning and Safe Food Handling (cont.)
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What Increases Your Risk
People at increased risk of becoming ill with food poisoning and of having more severe symptoms include:
Things that increase your risk for getting food poisoning include:
When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor immediately if:
Talk to your doctor if:
If you think you have eaten contaminated food, your local Poison Control Center can answer questions and provide information on what to do next. Poison Control Centers are usually listed with other emergency numbers in your telephone book.
Children, pregnant women, and people with long-lasting (chronic) conditions, such as diabetes, are more likely to have severe dehydration and should be watched closely for symptoms. For more information, see the topic:
Watchful waiting is a period of time during which you and your doctor observe your symptoms or condition without using medical treatment.
Watchful waiting may be appropriate if you have diarrhea, stomach cramps, and other symptoms of stomach flu (gastroenteritis). Most people recover from these gastrointestinal illnesses at home in several days without medical treatment. Likewise, some cases of bacterial food poisoning are mild and pass in several days. But if diarrhea is severe or lasts longer than a week, call your doctor for advice.
Who to see
Health professionals who are able to diagnose and treat food poisoning include:
You may be referred to a gastroenterologist if your symptoms are persistent or severe.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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