General Hygiene and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Inflammatory bowel disease is a diarrhoeal illness therefore you should avoid practices which may cause infections and make the condition worse.
The most common way to get a bowel infection is from contaminated food. Some general points to remember when preparing, cooking and storing food include:
1. Food Preparation
preparing food, always wash hands - especially after visiting the toilet.
ensure that nails are clean.
2. Cooking Foods
sure food is completely defrosted before cooking. Bacteria can produce
(tough protective cases) when in unfavourable conditions,
i.e. freezing, and can start to multiply again as conditions become warmer.
Food which is apparently cooked on the outside may still be heavily contaminated
with bacteria on the inside as cooking temperatures have been insufficient
to destroy them.
3. Food Storage
cover foods that are left on work surfaces to protect from flies, other
or cross-contamination from other foods.
Other general points to remember:
not eat foods which appear to be 'blown out' or from dented tins, yoghurt
etc. This could indicate bacterial contamination.
Unfortunately stomach upsets do happen occasionally when eating out and it is generally prudent to know the history of the restaurant.
If somebody in the family has a gastrointestinal upset, be extra-vigilant in preventing its spread to yourself:
fastidious hand washing.