Food Poisoning and Dehydration

The CDC estimates 1 in 6 Americans suffer from food poisoning each year. This common illness – which is often accompanied by diarrhea, vomiting, fever or excessive sweating – is caused by consuming contaminated foods or beverages. The symptoms of food poisoning, which commonly occur a few hours after ingesting contaminated foods, often increase a patient’s risk for dehydration. Travelers are particularly prone to food poisoning, especially when visiting developing countries. In fact, traveler’s diarrhea affects roughly 15-50 percent of U.S. citizens who visit certain areas in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

 

Why Food Poisoning and Traveler’s Diarrhea Cause Dehydration

Dehydration occurs when the body’s water and electrolytes stores are depleted. During an episode of food poisoning, the body loses fluids and electrolytes rapidly due to diarrhea or vomiting. Depending on the length of the episode, it’s often difficult to replenish these nutrients normally. Additionally, the fever and excessive sweating associated with food poisoning contribute to this dramatic loss of fluids and electrolytes. Seniors, people with chronic diseases and young children are all at the highest risk for developing dehydration caused by food poisoning symptoms.

 

DripDrop Treats and Prevents Dehydration

Water alone – especially following diarrhea and/or vomiting – isn’t enough to rehydrate. Instead, you must replenish both fluids and electrolytes. DripDrop is a great tasting, medical grade hydration solution developed by a pediatrician. Built on decades of proven science, it contains a precise ratio of salts, sugars and potassium to optimize fluid and electrolyte absorption and speed recovery. Simply add DripDrop to clean or bottled water as soon as symptoms arise. Available in portable powder packets, DripDrop is a travel essential. Find DripDrop at your local pharmacy.