Intestinal infections continue to be prevalent in many areas of Central Florida.
The following areas have seen an increase of patients treated for intestinal infections:
Waterford – up 300% (kids)
Orange Lake – up 250%
Oviedo – up 200%
Lee Road – up 700% (kids)
Winter Park – up 300% (kids)
University – 400% (kids)
As we all gather together for Thanksgiving, Centra Care physicians offer up these tips to help avoid holiday illnesses and mishaps.
You can become ill by eating or drinking contaminated food or water (food poisoning), or having hand-to-mouth contact with a someone infected with a virus.
Abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea and a low-grade fever are common symptoms of intestinal infections.
To avoid food poisoning, specifically:
- Wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards often when handling meats and veggies.
- Bacteria are often present in raw food. Be sure to fully cook meats and poultry and wash raw vegetables and fruits well.
- Foods that require refrigeration should never be left at room temperature for more than two hours.
- Keep holiday plants away from children and pets. Many are poisonous. Symptoms of plant poisoning can include rashes, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
- Alcohol poisoning is a common risk for children during the holiday season. After hosting a party, be sure to remove all empty and partially empty cups as soon as possible.
- Be sure to discard contaminated or spoiled food immediately.
- If you suspect food poisoning: contact a physician immediately. Drink clear fluids to avoid becoming dehydrated. Do not self-administer medication.
When you or your child suffers from an intestinal infection:
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of clear liquids like water, sport drinks (for adults), and pediatric electrolyte solutions like Pedialyte. Don’t drink too much at one time. It is best to take small frequent sips or suck on ice cubes.
- See a doctor if unable to keep any fluids down.
- Avoid dairy, caffeine, and spicy foods until feeling better.
- Make sure to get plenty of rest.