Food Poisoning is serious business, and when you’re down for the count you will know it.
Mild cases probably do not require medical attention, and there’s very little a doctor can do. For adults over 60, for babies and small children, and for those who are pregnant or suffering from chronic illness or a weak immune system, you may want to call for a doctor referral.
But most important of all is to be smart and careful about what you’re eating.
Many people will tell you that they’ve had no problem coming from other countries and visiting Mexico for short times. But almost anyone from North America, Europe, or Asia will tell you that eventually, after staying sometime, they got some kind of food poisoning.
While tap water in Mexico City is almost entirely potable, the methods for delivering it are not always entirely sanitary. Most issues with water sources in Mexico City occur when clean water pipes are cracked, and laid to close to waste water pipes. Drink bottled water. Everyone else does.
Among the most common irritants are:
Sticking to the above pointers, you should avoid most types of stomach upset.
The most dangerous thing about food poisoning is likely to be dehydration. This can be indicated by the following:
You want to drink plenty of fluids and water especially to address the above.
Rarely do cases of mild food poisoning require medical attention. If you do feel sick, usually in the lower abdomen, then do the following.
1. Drink lots of water.
Diarrhea and vomiting will deplete water in your body and dehydration can be the most dangerous part of any intoxication. Clear soda, clear broth, and bottled water are the best.
2. Electrolyte-fortified liquids.
Now widely available in stores like Oxxo, you can drink Pedialyte, or Electrolit or similar beverages. Coconut water and Gatorade offer similar benefits.
3. Go easy on the solid foods, at least at first.
Bland, non-greasy and low-fiber foods like rice, toast, bananas, and apples eaten in small amounts should start you out ok. If not, stick with liquid, then up the ante with more salts, soup, and crackers, to get your electrolytes.
4. Avoid dairy, greasy or fried foods, and high-fiber foods or anything that upsets your stomach.
5. Don’t take diarrhea medicines.
You’re working against your body’s natural defenses in expelling toxins or infectious agents.
6. Seek medical attention if it’s necessary – after TWO DAYS.
Call for medical attention if you experience these symptoms:
Locatel will refer you to a doctor. Still-frequent vomiting, blood in the vomit or stool, severe diarrhea that’s persisted after two days, severe cramping, and any symptoms of dehydration – including dizziness, dry mouth, and lightheadedness do mean that you need to seek medical attention.
If you are too sick to fly, you may want to contact your airline too. But rest assured, even the worst cases of food poisoning can usually be cleared up in a few days.