Food poisoning symptoms become evident within hours of eating contaminated food. The common symptoms are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, cramps and fever. In a severe case, partial loss of speech or blurred vision, muscle weakness, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth and muscle paralysis are also possible.
Food poisoning is a common illness caused when one consumes contaminated food. The prime culprit are infectious organisms in the food including bacteria, viruses and parasites or toxins that they create.
Most of the times food poisoning can be dealt without any medical attention. However, sometimes it can go bad. Therefore, it is critical to notice the symptoms of the same, which vary from person to person.
Symptoms of food poisoning
Food poisoning symptoms become evident pretty early (precisely within hours of eating contaminated food). It may take even longer to develop symptoms from parasite infections such as Giardia. The common symptoms are nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. These symptoms can last from one day up to a couple of months or longer, depending on the type of infection.
Signs and symptoms of food poisoning
– Abdominal pain and cramps
These are common ones but you also need to be aware of the fact that there are also severe cases of food poisoning where the patient will feel symptoms such as partial loss of speech or blurred vision, muscle weakness, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, muscle paralysis from the head down through the body, and vomiting. This may indicate botulism, a severe but very rare type of bacterial food poisoning.
As far as getting the medical attention is concerned, most of the times food poisoning is mild and your immune system will take care of it. However, if the symptoms persist longer or if you feel the latter symptoms above, you need to visit to the closest hospital.
Edited By: Vivek Chhetri