Cheese poisoning: symptoms and treatment

Due to the high content of calcium and protein curd is an integral component of the diet in children and adults. Poisoning cheese can occur for many reasons. In this article, we discussed the main factors that can cause the cheese intoxication, symptoms and treatments of this condition.

The causes of poisoning by cheese

Is it possible to poison the cheese? This product is made from milk. Its quality is affected by many factors. Possible reasons for the development of cheese poisoning are listed next.

  • Preparation of cottage cheese with people who are sick or are carriers of enteric infections. Pathogenic bacteria get into the cottage cheese with poorly washed hands, and then infect people.
  • The non-observance of sanitary norms in the production of cheese. Insufficient heat treatment, the use of poor quality milk or cooking it in dirty containers can cause poisoning.
  • Eating expired cottage cheese. This product has clear timescales and storage.
  • Improper storage of cheese. Even fresh and not expired cheese can lead to severe poisoning when storing it without refrigeration.

Please note that most of the poisoning develops as a result of the acquisition of cheese on a spontaneous and non-certified markets. The products that they sell are not checked. Cottage cheese, purchased from grandma may not be a natural and useful and will lead to severe poisoning!

The main clinical manifestations of poisoning with cottage cheese

How soon will symptoms appear? Poisoning cheese takes place during the first 4-12 hours after ingestion. The child they can develop faster.

Consider the signs of cheese poisoning.

  • General weakness, loss of strength developed due to intoxication.
  • Nausea and vomiting. These symptoms are protective mechanisms. Through vomiting, the body tries to rid itself of toxins and pathogenic bacteria. Vomiting may be multiple. Vomit consist of food residues, mucus, gastric juice and bile.
  • Pain in the abdomen. It can manifest in the form of intestinal colic is the sensation of spasms in the intestine of different localization.
  • Abundant and repeated diarrhea up to 25 times a day. The stool can be greenish, frothy, it is possible to see streaks of blood and mucus.
  • Body temperature may increase to 38-38.5 degrees.
  • Headache and dizziness.
  • Tachycardia – rapid heartbeat. It develops on the background of intoxication and dehydration.

Copious vomiting and diarrhea quickly lead to dehydration and impaired General condition. The skin becomes flabby and pale, and breath – shortness. It also reduces the amount of urine.

How to give first aid in cheese poisoning

Poisoning cheese leads to a sharp deterioration of the patient. It is accompanied by severe intoxication, loss of liquid, failure of the heart.

Remember that self-medicating with cheese poisoning is very dangerous. Only a doctor after examination of the patient can make an accurate diagnosis and prescribe the appropriate treatment.

The appearance of the first clinical manifestations of cheese poisoning, you should call an ambulance. Until it arrives, start to independently provide assistance to the poisoned person.

The table below presents the main components of aid, which can be used to slightly improve the condition of the victim.

Name The purpose of the The methodology of the
Gastric lavage The cleansing of the stomach helps to get rid of the remnants of undigested food, and toxins that are not yet absorbed into the bloodstream. It will help to prevent the deterioration and strengthening of intoxication syndrome.

Gastric lavage in the home is not available to children up to 3 years.

Gulp need to drink a liter of plain water and then to snatch it.

The water should be at room temperature, without any additives. Doctors do not recommend to use a solution of potassium permanganate.

Enema Enema is to cleanse bowel from toxic food and to reduce intoxication. To conduct enemas at home using simple boiled water at room temperature.

Enema prior to the advent of clean wash water.

Sorbents These drugs bind, neutralize and remove from the intestine of pathogenic microorganisms and toxins. You can use any of the sorbents. Before their appointment, check the expiry date, read the instructions, pay attention to the rules of dispensing.


  • activated carbon;
  • sorbex;
  • APSCO;
  • smectite;
  • enterosgel;
  • white coal etc.
Drink Drinking plenty of fluids is necessary for the treatment of intoxication and dehydration. It is administered after gastric lavage. In order not to cause new bouts of vomiting, you should drink little and often. You can drink alkaline mineral or table water without gas, black sweet tea roomtemperature.

Follow-up treatment

The ambulance arrived on a call, will examine the patient and gather medical history. Will be given first medical aid, which consists of:

  • droppers with solutions to treat dehydration and to relieve intoxication;
  • drugs, removes nausea and vomiting, relieves pain in the abdomen;
  • oxygen, which is supplied through a facial mask;
  • gastric lavage (if it has not already been done).

After first aid doctors hospitalitynet patient in the infectious Department, where they undergo further examination or treatment. The duration of hospital stay depends on the cause of poisoning.

Components of the inpatient treatment:

  • bed rest;
  • diet, drinking regime;
  • rehydration therapy;
  • antibacterial drugs;
  • enzymes;
  • antispasmodics;

The amount of treatment may be extended if there is a patient of complications resulting from toxicity (pancreatitis, cholecystitis, intestinal dysbiosis, gastritis).

Examination of the patient

To determine the most appropriate treatment and to identify possible complications in the internal organs, the doctor prescribes examination of the patient, which, in cheese poisoning consists of:

  • a General detailed analysis of blood;
  • General analysis of urine;
  • bacterial seeding of feces;
  • ultrasound examination of internal organs;
  • biochemical analysis of blood;
  • electrocardiogram.

Prevention of poisoning by cheese

Cheese poisoning is much easier to avoid than to cure. Adhering to simple recommendations, you can protect yourself and your family from this disease.

How can we prevent poisoning by cheese?

  • Don't buy cheese or milk to make it at natural markets or from hands. You can't know in what conditions it was prepared, by whom and on the basis of milk. Also in the future when a poisoning to pursue the complaint will be nobody.
  • Check the date of manufacture and the integrity of the packaging of the cheese. Please note that you need to read the serial expiration date. Sometimes in the store it stick with their dates for selling overdue and old product.
  • Prepare cheese for the kids yourself. It will not take you much time and effort and will protect your baby from cheese poisoning.
  • Store bought or cooked cottage cheese in the fridge.

Poisoning cheese can be caused by a huge number of reasons. The first symptoms develop within 12 hours after consumption. When they appear you need to call an ambulance and administer first-aid treatment to the victim. It consists of lavage of the stomach and intestines, absorbents, drinking. Further examination and therapy of the patient is conducted under the infectious disease Department. The duration depends on the causative agent of intoxication and the patient's condition.