Signs you are suffering from food poisoning and actions to take

Travelling abroad can be relaxing and enjoyable, sometimes however there are less enjoyable aspects of travelling such as food hygiene. Depending on where you are travelling, particularly if outside of Europe,  countries have varying levels of food hygiene than what we are usually used to.

Whether you are staying in a hotel or on a camp site,it is important to be mindful of food poisoning and the steps you should take in the event of contracting it. Food poisoning is the result of eating contaminated, toxic or spoiled food. The most common symptoms of food poisoning include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Symptoms of food poisoning vary by the specific type of infection, the most common symptoms can be found below:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mild fever
  • Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Headaches

Potentially life-threatening food poisoning symptoms include:

  • Diarrhea for more than three days
  • A fever higher than 101.5°F
  • Loss of vision and speech
  • Symptoms of severe dehydration(dry mouth, passing little/ no urine and difficulty keeping fluids down)

If yourself or fellow travellers experience either of the potentially life-threatening symptoms mentioned above you are advised to seek medical assistance immediately.

Seeking medical assistance abroad can often end up being very costly, unless you are insured. In case of the event of a  medical emergency it is important to ensure yourself and others travelling with you have taken out travel insurance.

Fit 2 Trip’s travel insurance offers medical only, cancellation only and travel only policies in and outside of Europe from as little as €5, with discounts for families and couples available . Fit 2 Trip  also specialise in travel insurance for adults and children with pre-existing health conditions in and outside of Europe, such as diabetes, cancer and hypertension. Fit 2 Trip are one of the only travel insurance providers in Europe that cover adults and children with pre-existing health conditions.

Once symptoms of food poisoning such as diarrhoea and vomiting have stopped, it is best to focus on plain bland foods such as:

  • Crackers
  • Bananas
  • Rice
  • Oats
  • Chicken
  • Potatoes
  • Boiled vegetables
  • Toast
  • Fruit juices