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Staph aureus food poisoning

  • Treatment

    The objective of treatment is to replace fluids and electrolytes (salt and minerals) lost by vomiting or diarrhea. Antidiarrheal medications are generally not needed.

    Self-care measures to avoid dehydration include drinking water and electrolyte solutions to replace fluids lost by vomiting. A variety of pleasant-tasting electrolyte solutions are available over-the-counter.

    People with diarrhea who are unable to take fluids by mouth because of nausea or vomiting may need intravenous fluids. This is true especially for small children.

    People taking diuretics ("water pills") may need to stop taking them during the acute episode. Ask your health care provider for instructions.

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    Expectations (prognosis)

    Full recovery is expected. Recovery usually occurs in 24 to 48 hours.


    Dehydration can develop.

    Calling your health care provider

    Call your health care provider if symptoms do not resolve in 48 hours, severe dehydration develops, blood in stools is noted, or if other new symptoms develop.