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Foodborne Illness

The term food poisoning is oftentimes misused and applied to a broad range of gastrointestinal (GI) illnesses. However, generally speaking if food that you have eaten was tainted with a virus, bacteria or parasite, the symptoms often begin within an hour of ingestion. Most often, this type of gastrointestinal illness is self-limited and will spontaneously resolve once your immune system gets to work on the infecting agent. Tolerating and keeping up with the symptoms is usually the challenge.

It can be very challenging to differentiate the cause of stomach upset initially. Generally speaking, food borne illnesses come on very quickly after eating, are very intense for a short period of time and then quickly resolve. More significant viral, bacterial or parasitic GI illnesses often come on gradually and may last for several days. GI infections have many similar symptoms regardless of cause and may include fever, nausea, with vomiting and/or diarrhea. Most mild foodborne illnesses do not have the feature of fever.

Food allergy typically presents with different symptoms including skin rash, tongue or lip swelling, difficulty swallowing and difficulty breathing. Simple food intolerance, such as, lactose intolerance, will have symptoms of gas, bloating and possibly mild isolated diarrhea. If you believe that you are having an allergic reaction to a food, try taking diphenhydramine and contact your primary care physician for follow-up. However, if you are having difficulty breathing or swallowing as a result of a possible food allergy you should seek care in a certified urgent care or emergency center.

The greatest concern associated with foodborne illness is the intensity and length of the symptoms experienced. If there is a significant amount of fluid loss associated with vomiting and diarrhea, this can lead to electrolyte imbalances and dehydration. These more advanced symptoms typically will not occur unless the illness has lasted more than 24 hours and are the initial reason to seek medical attention. The signs of dehydration will include dry mouth, increased thirst and a reduction in urine output. If you begin to feel weak, lightheaded and unable to tolerate oral fluid rehydration to keep pace with fluid losses, it is wise to seek care in a certified urgent care like Lakes Urgent Care, where you can be treated with IV hydration and medications to mitigate the nausea and vomiting. If you begin to experience confusion, intolerable abdominal pain, notice yellowing of your skin or eyes (otherwise known as jaundice) or see any blood in your stool, you should seek care in an emergency center.

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Foodborne Illness

The term food poisoning is oftentimes misused and applied to a broad range of gastrointestinal (GI) illnesses. However, generally speaking if food that you have eaten was tainted with a virus, bacteria or parasite, the symptoms often begin within an hour of ingestion. Most often, this type of gastrointestinal illness is self-limited and will spontaneously resolve once your immune system gets to work on the infecting agent. Tolerating and keeping up with the symptoms is usually the challenge.

It can be very challenging to differentiate the cause of stomach upset initially. Generally speaking, food borne illnesses come on very quickly after eating, are very intense for a short period of time and then quickly resolve. More significant viral, bacterial or parasitic GI illnesses often come on gradually and may last for several days. GI infections have many similar symptoms regardless of cause and may include fever, nausea, with vomiting and/or diarrhea. Most mild foodborne illnesses do not have the feature of fever.

Food allergy typically presents with different symptoms including skin rash, tongue or lip swelling, difficulty swallowing and difficulty breathing. Simple food intolerance, such as, lactose intolerance, will have symptoms of gas, bloating and possibly mild isolated diarrhea. If you believe that you are having an allergic reaction to a food, try taking diphenhydramine and contact your primary care physician for follow-up. However, if you are having difficulty breathing or swallowing as a result of a possible food allergy you should seek care in a certified urgent care or emergency center.

The greatest concern associated with foodborne illness is the intensity and length of the symptoms experienced. If there is a significant amount of fluid loss associated with vomiting and diarrhea, this can lead to electrolyte imbalances and dehydration. These more advanced symptoms typically will not occur unless the illness has lasted more than 24 hours and are the initial reason to seek medical attention. The signs of dehydration will include dry mouth, increased thirst and a reduction in urine output. If you begin to feel weak, lightheaded and unable to tolerate oral fluid rehydration to keep pace with fluid losses, it is wise to seek care in a certified urgent care like Lakes Urgent Care, where you can be treated with IV hydration and medications to mitigate the nausea and vomiting. If you begin to experience confusion, intolerable abdominal pain, notice yellowing of your skin or eyes (otherwise known as jaundice) or see any blood in your stool, you should seek care in an emergency center.

As in most instances of illness, everybody responds differently. Some individuals will have very mild symptoms, while others may go on to have more significant complications associated with Escherichia coli or other foodborne illness. If your symptoms are mild and have been time-limited, just keeping up with the fluid demand by drinking plenty of water or sport drinks containing electrolytes should be adequate to keep hydrated. Vomiting greater than 24 hours is a key indicator that you should seek medical treatment. If diarrhea becomes bloody, this too would be a reason to seek medical advice.

With more severe cases of food poisoning, it is best to seek medical treatment at a certified urgent care that is capable of providing you with IV fluids and medication to stop the vomiting cycle.

Unfortunately, there is no vaccine available to protect us from Escherichia coli-based illness. When eating in a restaurant, there may be online sources that provide readings or grades for restaurants, based upon such factors as cleanliness and prior history of foodborne health problems. Many large cities are now adopting a grading system, which in the case of New York City has proved helpful, significantly reducing the number of food-related illnesses there in the last year.

Making wise food choices can also help prevent problems. Make sure all beef and poultry products are cooked to a temperature of 160° or higher (most menus in restaurants today require this notification). Also, don’t be afraid to ask restaurant staff if they thoroughly wash raw produce or if kitchen assistants typically wear vinyl or latex gloves while preparing foods.

Escherichia coli is a bacteria which normally lives in our intestines harmlessly, but there are several different strains of it, some of which can cause severe abdominal cramps, excessive or bloody diarrhea, as well as vomiting. Typical exposure to Escherichia coli is from contaminated water or food, especially raw vegetables or ground beef that is undercooked. When multiple cases occur it is typically from exposure to a common food source, such as in a restaurant. There are numerous possibilities as to the exact source within a restaurant, but they could include accidentally contaminated food from restaurant staff, undercooked beef and poultry, or contaminated work surfaces from raw or poorly-washed foods.

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"The doctors were prompt, had great bedside manner, and were accurate with their diagnosis and treatment. We also appreciated their follow up care and genuine care."

Annette

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2016-12-21T11:13:45-05:00

Annette

"The doctors were prompt, had great bedside manner, and were accurate with their diagnosis and treatment. We also appreciated their follow up care and genuine care."
"Excelente servicio, muy recomendable para turistas que necesiten atención médica, no es muy barato pero ofrecen descuentos :)"

Pamela

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2017-07-21T15:07:01-04:00

Pamela

"Excelente servicio, muy recomendable para turistas que necesiten atención médica, no es muy barato pero ofrecen descuentos :)"
"The urgent care here is wonderful. Everyone is caring and kind and not condescending or rude. I was greeted promptly and brought to a room quickly. As far as my past experiences at urgent cares, this is far and beyond the best one I've been to! They were kind and quick with the check up, and honest about medications and possibilities."

Jennifer

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2017-07-21T13:12:19-04:00

Jennifer

"The urgent care here is wonderful. Everyone is caring and kind and not condescending or rude. I was greeted promptly and brought to a room quickly. As far as my past experiences at urgent cares, this is far and beyond the best one I've been to! They were kind and quick with the check up, and honest about medications and possibilities."
"Best urgent care ever they have never failed me great friendly staff and I have health issues so I'm always their and they go out of their way for me."

Ray

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2016-12-21T11:11:37-05:00

Ray

"Best urgent care ever they have never failed me great friendly staff and I have health issues so I'm always their and they go out of their way for me."
"When I have to use the urgent care services, it's usually pretty quick. The staff is nice. Today's visit was for a mandolin slicer accident. The nurse had a good attitude and the PA that worked on me was very nice and very gentle while cleaning and looking over my wound. I was in and out within an hour and highly recommend this place."

Lea Anne

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2017-06-07T14:26:59-04:00

Lea Anne

"When I have to use the urgent care services, it's usually pretty quick. The staff is nice. Today's visit was for a mandolin slicer accident. The nurse had a good attitude and the PA that worked on me was very nice and very gentle while cleaning and looking over my wound. I was in and out within an hour and highly recommend this place."
"This Urgent Care facility is the finest you will find in this community. There are many urgent care places closer to where we live but we chose to go a bit out of our way because of the reputation of Lakes Urgent Care. My husband was treated with respect, all of his concerns were listened to and addressed and he was very well taken care of. The PA, Dean Burklund, took his time with the exam and made sure nothing was missed."

Sandi

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2019-12-16T14:04:47-05:00

Sandi

"This Urgent Care facility is the finest you will find in this community. There are many urgent care places closer to where we live but we chose to go a bit out of our way because of the reputation of Lakes Urgent Care. My husband was treated with respect, all of his concerns were listened to and addressed and he was very well taken care of. The PA, Dean Burklund, took his time with the exam and made sure nothing was missed."
"Wonderful care! Great with toddlers! Wait time was very short. New location is wonderful. Water bottles available in the waiting room. Wait time was reasonable. Dr. Khan was very helpful and his treatment plan for my illness was easy to follow!"

Zoe-Michelle

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2019-12-16T13:59:03-05:00

Zoe-Michelle

"Wonderful care! Great with toddlers! Wait time was very short. New location is wonderful. Water bottles available in the waiting room. Wait time was reasonable. Dr. Khan was very helpful and his treatment plan for my illness was easy to follow!"
"The Doctor did everything she could do for me and i was able to walk out (i was wheeled in) and to top it off I got a follow up call from Nicole today."

Jessica

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2016-12-21T11:12:30-05:00

Jessica

"The Doctor did everything she could do for me and i was able to walk out (i was wheeled in) and to top it off I got a follow up call from Nicole today."
"With a child, urgent care facilities are such a peace of mind—and until I found Lakes, I never knew where to go."

Anthony

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2016-12-19T12:52:20-05:00

Anthony

"With a child, urgent care facilities are such a peace of mind—and until I found Lakes, I never knew where to go."


"It was very quick and painless! In and out in less than 20 min, the doctor, Dr. Youseff, was very kind, compassionate, took the time to listen, and to explain. I really liked the facility and the staff, overall a great experience!"



Zeina

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2019-12-16T13:38:25-05:00

Zeina

"It was very quick and painless! In and out in less than 20 min, the doctor, Dr. Youseff, was very kind, compassionate, took the time to listen, and to explain. I really liked the facility and the staff, overall a great experience!"
"They were so wonderful! My daughter had an ear infection and it reached a peak of discomfort, of course, at 8pm. They got her in, seen and prescribed antibiotics in time before our pharmacy closed at 9pm. It was such a relief. Thank you to this fantastic team!"

Julia

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2019-12-16T14:06:27-05:00

Julia

"They were so wonderful! My daughter had an ear infection and it reached a peak of discomfort, of course, at 8pm. They got her in, seen and prescribed antibiotics in time before our pharmacy closed at 9pm. It was such a relief. Thank you to this fantastic team!"
"The doctor was AMAZING!! I got in quick, he was the most thorough, and no nonsense doctor I've ever been to! He listened to me, gave me the correct prescriptions"

Gail

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2016-12-21T11:07:36-05:00

Gail

"The doctor was AMAZING!! I got in quick, he was the most thorough, and no nonsense doctor I've ever been to! He listened to me, gave me the correct prescriptions"
"The Dr and staff were so friendly and helpful and the Medical Assistant was outstanding. She really helped the wait time go by faster and couldn’t be friendlier. I really love this location although I hadn’t been there for 4 years I will always drive further away from where I live to go there."

Tina

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2019-12-16T14:07:50-05:00

Tina

"The Dr and staff were so friendly and helpful and the Medical Assistant was outstanding. She really helped the wait time go by faster and couldn’t be friendlier. I really love this location although I hadn’t been there for 4 years I will always drive further away from where I live to go there."
"It took less than 40 min to register, complete paperwork, see the doctor, get test results, and be discharged. Best doctor experience ever."

Greg

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2018-05-22T14:38:59-04:00

Greg

"It took less than 40 min to register, complete paperwork, see the doctor, get test results, and be discharged. Best doctor experience ever."


"Friendly staff, nice building and waiting room. By the time I finished filling out the paperwork I was already being seen. The doctor gave me clear and concise treatment and direction, and all support staff were professional but also had a healthy humor and helped me feel better in my mind as well. Didn't require me to have insurance, and didn't destroy my savings. All in all, a perfect experience."



Nicholas

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2019-12-16T13:47:35-05:00

Nicholas

"Friendly staff, nice building and waiting room. By the time I finished filling out the paperwork I was already being seen. The doctor gave me clear and concise treatment and direction, and all support staff were professional but also had a healthy humor and helped me feel better in my mind as well. Didn't require me to have insurance, and didn't destroy my savings. All in all, a perfect experience."
"Great care, friendly staff. Good medicine isn't always quick medicine but i did not spend a lot of time there but left with great results. Thanks to all that work there."

Dodie

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2017-06-07T14:29:51-04:00

Dodie

"Great care, friendly staff. Good medicine isn't always quick medicine but i did not spend a lot of time there but left with great results. Thanks to all that work there."
"The staff was very friendly, respectful, and knowledgeable. I will definitely return for any health issues that will challenge me."

Erika

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2016-12-21T11:13:15-05:00

Erika

"The staff was very friendly, respectful, and knowledgeable. I will definitely return for any health issues that will challenge me."
"I've only had great experiences here. For an urgent care facility, they are quick and efficient. The staff is very friendly and wait times are minimal."

Amanda

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2016-12-19T12:54:48-05:00

Amanda

"I've only had great experiences here. For an urgent care facility, they are quick and efficient. The staff is very friendly and wait times are minimal."
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