Best things to eat while sick from E. coli


In most infected individuals, symptoms of a Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infection last about a week and resolve without any long-term problems. Antibiotics do not improve the illness, and some medical researchers believe that these medications can increase the risk of developing HUS. Therefore, apart from supportive care, such as close attention to hydration and nutrition, there is no specific therapy to halt E. coli symptoms. The recent finding that E. coli O157:H7 initially speeds up blood coagulation may lead to future medical therapies that could forestall the most serious consequences. Most individuals who do not develop HUS recover within two weeks. During the infection it is best to eat bland foods.

Bland foods include:

• crackers

• cooked cereals, like oatmeal or cream of wheat

• weak tea

• apple juice or flat soda

• broth

• boiled or baked potatoes

People should avoid foods that are “non bland” on this diet. They include:

• milk and dairy

• anything fried, greasy, fatty, or spicy

• proteins, such as steak, pork, salmon, and sardines

• raw veggies, including salad greens, carrot sticks, broccoli, and cauliflower

• acidic fruits, such as berries, grapes, oranges, lemons, and limes

• very hot or cold drinks

• alcohol, coffee, or other drinks containing caffeine

Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of E. coli outbreaks andhemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). The E. coli lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of E. coli and other foodborne illness infections and have recovered over $800 million for clients. Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation. Our E. coli lawyers have litigated E. coliand HUS cases stemming from outbreaks traced to ground beef, raw milk, lettuce, spinach, sprouts, and other food products. The law firm has brought E. coli lawsuits against such companies as Jack in the Box, Dole, ConAgra, Cargill, and Jimmy John’s. We have proudly represented such victims as Brianne Kiner, Stephanie Smith and Linda Rivera.

If you or a family member became ill with an E. coli infection or HUS after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark E. coli attorneys for a free case evaluation.

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