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When to Visit a Walk-In Clinic Over a Food Recall

Over the past few weeks, there has been a lot of information spread about various food recalls due to possible salmonella contamination. Food recalls can be scary and alarming, especially when everytime you open social media, it seems that there is a new one to worry about. A lot of recalls are voluntary, or just a precaution. Others are because there have been reported illnesses. You don’t have to go throw away everything that you have in your pantry. You also don’t need to fast from eating. We do, however, urge you to understand the symptoms of salmonella, a common foodborne illnesses. If you’re able to catch symptoms, you’ll be able to monitor your health and know when to visit a walk-in clinic if necessary. 

What is Salmonella?
Before you can spot the symptoms, it’ll help you to have a brief understanding of what salmonella is. Salmonella is a bacteria that can contaminate food and make humans sick upon eating it. It’s often found in meat and eggs, but it can also be found in packaged foods, vegetables, and more. It is typically spread to humans when we eat food contaminated with animal (or human) feces that carried the bacteria.

What Are the Symptoms?
As a walk-in clinic in North Little Rock, we have seen many patients with salmonella poisoning. The most common symptoms typically present themselves the same in people. Those symptoms include fever, diarrhea, cramping, nausea, and even vomiting. The illness may not present itself for up to three days after eating the contaminated food, and usually goes away on its own within a week. Basically, salmonella is a bad bout of food poisoning that will cause you all kinds of stomach pains. This too shall pass. 

Who Is At Risk? 
While anyone who eats contaminated food is at risk for getting sick, some are more susceptible to experiencing more severe symptoms that may require a visit to your nearest walk-in clinic. Younger children, elderly adults, and anyone with a weak immune system should see a doctor if their symptoms don’t subside within a week. If severe symptoms occur, it’s best to get checked out as soon as possible. 

Is There Treatment Available? 
A lot of the time, people who get sick from salmonella poisoning don’t need to visit a doctor at a walk-in clinic because it goes away after a few days. Staying hydrated should be your top priority. However, when severe symptoms do occur in individuals, there are steps we take to help get you better. Treatment will focus on replacing lost fluids and making sure the infection hasn’t entered the bloodstream. Antibiotics may be necessary if that is the case. 

How Do I Avoid It?
To decrease your chances of getting this foodborne illness, take food safety recalls seriously! Always throw out recalled food, even if you’ve eaten it once and didn’t get sick. Don’t eat undercooked or raw foods. Always keep hot food hot and cold food cold. Clean your hands before you prepare food and before you eat. Wash your fruits and vegetables before consuming, even if the package says that they were pre-washed. 

When Should I Visit a Walk-In Clinic?
If you’re ever unsure of your symptoms, visit our walk-in clinic at anytime. It’s always better to be overly cautious when it comes to our health. We can help ease your concerns and offer treatment suggestions, if any. Walk-in clinics make getting care easy, so drop on by, anytime.