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Rising Cases of Food Poisoning Spark Concern in Coastal Region

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In both private and government hospitals across the coastal region, a surge in food poisoning cases is causing alarm, with more than five incidents reported daily. Health experts speculate that the increasing temperatures and changes in water quality could be contributing factors to this concerning trend. Notably, individuals of all ages, including children, students, and the elderly, are falling victim to food-related illnesses, with over 100 admissions to city hospitals due to food poisoning, as per hospital sources.

Soujanya Satish Shankar, a food and nutrition expert at Ayur Sparsh Hospital, underscores the role of contaminated water as a significant factor in food poisoning cases. As temperatures rise, staying hydrated becomes crucial, but ensuring the purity of water is equally essential.

In addition to water quality, various other factors contribute to food poisoning, including food impurities, bacterial and viral contamination, consumption of expired or undercooked food, prolonged food storage in establishments like hotels and restaurants, and the consumption of spoiled fruits and vegetables or highly processed foods. To mitigate risks, experts recommend opting for home-cooked meals and thoroughly washing vegetables and fruits before consumption.

Recognizable symptoms of food poisoning include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, stomach pain, and occasionally skin rashes and itching. Seeking immediate medical attention is imperative in such cases.

While some home remedies may alleviate symptoms, consulting a doctor is crucial to prevent any adverse effects. Remedies such as drinking lime-infused water, consuming raw garlic cloves, or using Tulsi leaves for detoxification are suggested. Chewing cumin seeds or consuming cumin powder may also provide relief, and honey, known for its antifungal properties, could help reduce the severity of food poisoning symptoms.

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