If you have ever had salmonella poisoning, you’ll know that it’s not a pleasant experience. Unnervingly, there are more than 2,500 strains of salmonella that can live on the food that we eat, but the good news is that there are many precautions we can take to kill the bacteria.
Read on to find out the ways that you can avoid the causes of salmonella at home, and protect yourself and your family from salmonella poisoning.
What is Salmonella Poisoning?
Salmonella is a group of bacteria that causes typhoid fever and food poisoning, among other illnesses. Salmonella causes symptoms such as fever and abdominal cramps, and although unpleasant, they usually clear up on their own in four to seven days. During this time, it’s important to get lots of rest, eat as normal (but avoid spicy foods, alcohol, and coffee), and stay well-hydrated by sipping rehydration drinks.
What Causes Salmonella Poisoning?
The causes of salmonella poisoning usually involve eating food that has been contaminated with faeces, which isn’t a very nice thought, but there’s many ways that this contamination can occur.
Unwashed hands are one of the biggest culprits, whether that’s after going to the toilet, after handling pets (which can often carry the bacteria), or handling contaminated food, like beef, poultry, milk or eggs. If any of these foods are consumed without being cooked properly, it’s likely to cause infection.