In most instances, food poisoning is extremely unpleasant but relatively easy to manage at home. However, in some cases, food poisoning requires urgent care. If you suspect your food poisoning case is serious, go to a walk-in clinic to get the medical care you need. Here are some signs that you shouldn’t simply try to wait out your food poisoning symptoms.
You Have Serious Dehydration Symptoms
Dehydration is a common side effect of food poisoning. Vomiting and diarrhea combined with an inability to keep things down can cause you to lose significant amounts of fluid. Minor dehydration symptoms, such as thirst, can usually be managed at home, but serious dehydration requires urgent care. If you have a fast heartbeat, feel dizzy, are breathing fast and shallow, and have little to no urine output, seek medical care. You could need intravenous fluids to treat your dehydration.
You Have Blurred Vision
Blurred vision associated with other food poisoning symptoms can indicate a serious health threat. Typically, blurred vision is associated with botulism poisoning, which can be particularly dangerous. Blurred vision caused by food poisoning may also be accompanied by muscle weakness, and difficulties breathing and swallowing.
You Have Diabetes
Food poisoning can be dangerous for people with diabetes, especially those with type 1 diabetes and insulin-dependent type 2. Vomiting, diarrhea, and the inability to eat or drink can cause blood glucose levels to go dangerously awry, from dangerously low blood glucose levels to diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). People with diabetes should seek urgent care for any persistent issue that interferes with their ability to eat and drink as normal.
Don’t let serious food poisoning symptoms go unchecked. Paramount Urgent Care makes it easy to get the medical care you need. We have four walk-in clinic locations in Orlando, Lady Lake, Clermont, and Oviedo with extended hours seven days a week to serve you. Call us today at 352-674-9218 to learn more about our urgent care services.