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Beware of food poisoning this Christmas season

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We are in a festive season, right? Christmas season attracts more parties, dinners, with restaurants and eateries full to the brim.

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This is the time when more celebrations translate into lots of eating.

Be careful with mouthwatering pizza, nyama choma and other fast foods which are readily available.

In a feast, normally food is abundant to share with family and friends. They are meant to bring people together to reflect and celebrate successes as well pacify failures and difficult moments.

But amid the celebrations, some get poisoned and are left to nurse the sheer pain of food poisoning.

What is food poisoning?

Food poisoning comes about when one ingests food that is contaminated, spoiled or one that has toxins.

The symptoms of food poisoning include diarrhea, vomiting, fever, stomach ache and nausea among others. It can be uncomfortable and life-threatening at the same time.

Prevention is better than cure, as much as the celebration are welcomed with humongous delicacies, do the right eating for healthy living.

Of course, you will want to have a little bit of everything but it is good to eat one thing at a time.

Vomiting and diarrhea is one way the body tries to get rid of the toxins. A person will feel better if the poisoning did not contain life-threatening agents.

First Aid, Treatment and Prevention

You should try to avoid the following products or foods in cases of poisoning: Dairy products, fatty, spicy and fried foods.

If the symptom confirms food poisoning try the following: drinking plenty of water, rest from your busy schedule, eat food only when you are hungry and, by doing so, stick to light food.

Instead, it is recommended to take foods that are low in fats.

It’s good to see a doctor in cases where one feels excruciating pain. If there is none within reach, visit a reputable pharmacy. Note that over-the-counter drugs can be a death sentence when procured recklessly.

If you experience the following symptoms, be on the lookout for medical help: high fever, severe dehydration, diarrhea that persists for more than three days and bloody urine.

Food poisoning can easily be prevented by making sure that food is well cooked and stored. Washing hands before or after handling food is another foolproof food safety measure.

One mistake most often people make is eating mass quantity of different delicacies leading to constipation and bloating.

Stay healthy. Happy festivities!

By Joanne Njoroge,

joanne.njoroge@yahoo.com

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