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What to Do When Food Goes Bad

You ate something unusual, and now you’re sick. You suspect it’s food poisoning. What should you do?

People are pretty familiar with the symptoms of food poisoning: nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever and diarrhea. If you have these symptoms a few hours after eating a suspicious food or you’re around other people with the same symptoms, you might have it.

The goal should be to keep yourself hydrated until the symptoms settle down. Drink clear liquids to keep yourself from becoming dehydrated. For the most part, you can handle it on your own, but if you feel like you’re getting worse or you have bloody diarrhea, that’s when you should seek medical treatment.

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