charice.jpgFilipina singing sensation Charice was brought to a hospital in Singapore after getting food poisoning from eating sushi, PEP.ph reports. Charice claimed she didn’t usually eat the Japanese delicacy but had decided to try it that night after their rehearsal for the David Foster and Friends concert.

"Hindi  naman po marami ang kinain ko,” she is quoted as saying, “pero kinabukasan po, paggising ko, doon na talaga sumama 'yong tiyan ko.” Her condition was accompanied by cold sweats and vomiting. She and her similarly affected co-singers got checked at the hospital where she was told that it was nothing serious.

Despite the situation, Charice soldiered on and performed at the concert. In fact, she cheerfully explained, she and her fellow artists felt that their run in Singapore had been their best one yet. She will be heading back to the US next week to shoot more scenes for her role of Sunshine Corazon in TV musical Glee as well as record her new album.

Have you ever gotten food poisoning? Feel a stomachache coming on because of something you ate? Take control of the situation with these tips from FN.


WHAT IS FOOD POISONING?

According to HealthScout.com, food poisoning is “an acute syndrome with nausea, abdominal cramping, vomiting and/or diarrhea.”  The symptoms can appear any time within 48 hours of eating contaminated food. That means you can start getting cramps immediately after having bad pasta or you can still manage to go to work the next day then suddenly get nauseous.


HOW TO RECOVER FROM FOOD POISONING

1.    GO ON A LIQUID DIET


According to eMedicinehealth.com, if your symptoms are mild (e.g., short bouts of vomiting and diarrhea happening in less than 24 hours), self-care at home is fine. eMedicinehealth.com advises temporarily swearing off all solid food. Instead, drink lots of fluids to keep you hydrated. The clearer the liquids are, the better, so water is the best way to go. That means no coffee for now! Enjoy your regular frappuccino as a reward after you've fully recovered.


2.    NIBBLE ON BREAD

If you succeed in keeping the fluids down and your bouts of vomiting lessen, you can eventually start eating, but do so with caution and only in small quantities. eMedicinehealth.com suggests bread, rice, lean meat, and potatoes as some of the food to start you with. MedlinePlus warns against eating dairy products, though, because diarrhea causes temporary lactose intolerance.


3.    TRY OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATION

MedlinePlus says you can slow down your diarrhea with over-the-counter medicine, but this is only when your symptoms are mild and not accompanied by fever. Especially avoid giving these medicines to your children. When in doubt, ask a doctor. You don’t want to make yourself get worse when you’re trying to get better!  


4. TRUST YOUR DOCTOR

If you’re still suffering from the symptoms two days after, it’s time to get yourself checked! HealthScout.com notes that if you’re traveling abroad, if you experience fever and dizziness, or if people who ate the same food you did are sick too, you should visit the doctor as soon as you start exhibiting the symptoms. Nothing beats a professional medical opinion, so head for the nearest clinic--don’t compromise your health by self-diagnosing or self-medicating!

Note: HealthScout.com urges you to go immediately to the doctor should you experience any of the following symptoms:
-    vomiting blood
-    swollen abdomen
-    problems breathing
-    swollen joints
-    yellow eyes or skin
-    sharp abdominal pain that lasts more than 15 minutes

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5.    AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION IS WORTH A POUND OF CURE

Food poisoning can be caused by anything from bacteria to viruses to parasites so staying away from contaminated food is your best bet of keeping your health safe. HealthScout.com cites poor sanitation and improper preparation of food as the leading causes of food poisoning, so make sure you know where the food you’re eating comes from.

At home, wash your fruits and veggies first before eating or cooking them. Always buy fresh meat and store it at the right temperature in your freezer. Make sure that your hands and utensils are clean when cooking. Food should always be properly cooked, and if anything is spoiled, get rid of it immediately.

(Photo courtesy of PEP.ph)

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