If I think I have food poisoning, what should I do? When is a stomach problem serious enough to see a doctor?
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.