How to Treat Listeria Poisoning

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Treat Listeria Poisoning
Treat Listeria Poisoning

How to Treat Listeria Poisoning. Listeria poisoning can occur from contaminated meat, dairy or vegetables. The usual symptoms are flu-like and include nausea, diarrhea, headache and fever. When Listeria affects the nervous system, symptoms can include stiff neck, disorientation and convulsions. Follow these steps to treat Listeria poisoning.

Call your doctor and explain any symptoms. Schedule an appointment if advised to do so.

Try to remember if you have eaten any unpasteurized dairy products within the past two months. The bacteria may also have been in hot dogs, deli meats, raw meats or vegetables.

Visit your doctor. Ask for blood or spinal fluid tests to detect Listeria poisoning.

Follow the advice of your doctor. Since Listeria is a bacteria, she may treat with antibiotics if she suspects Listeria poisoning.

Contact your doctor immediately upon first symptoms if you are pregnant. Pregnant women are 20 times more likely to get Listeria poisoning. It can cause miscarriage, infection of the newborn or stillbirth.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep away from solid food while experiencing symptoms. When you feel well enough, begin a BRAT diet--bananas, rice, applesauce and toast or crackers.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially those designed to replace lost fluids. Most food poisoning symptoms go away within two to three days but you need to guard against dehydration.
  • To help protect against food poisoning, eat yogurt.
  • A traditional folk remedy to treat food poisoning is two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a cup of warm water.
  • Do not take antidiarrhea medicine. It could make symptoms worse by preventing toxins from leaving the body.
  • Extra caution should be taken in preventing dehydration in children.

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