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How To Identify A Bout Of Food Poisoning?

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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

– Nausea
– Vomiting
– Diarrhea
– Abdominal pain and cramps
– Fever

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

 

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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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Rowena Tan
Rowena Tan 5pts

Can I use calamansi instead of lemon or lime since here in our country lemon is quite expensive

Miriam Mendez-Arteaga
Miriam Mendez-Arteaga 5pts

This are basic simptoms, if you are not feeling well after you eat or drink something make sure proper precautions are taken.

Kuda Viz
Kuda Viz 5pts

so sorry for your loss....sending love from CT

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

We are extremely sorry for your loss! Gina DAndraia Schneebalg

Gina DAndraia Schneebalg
Gina DAndraia Schneebalg 5pts

Food poisoning is no joke! I lost my 5 year old daughter Reese 4 months ago. She contracted E. coli 0157 HUS from an unknown source. Most people think food poisoning is mild but it can turn very bad very quickly. Please be mindful what you eat and if you think you have food poisoning get checked out! Nobody should have to go through what my baby and family went through! We are devastated.. There needs to be more awareness on food safety and food Bourne illness!