Food Poisoning – How to Recognize the Symptoms and Avoid Food Poisoning

If you have ever had food poisoning then chances are you felt sick to your stomach. How do you know you had you ate or drank something that poisoned you versus a flu bug?

Generally food poisoning affects a group of people. If you have consumed the same foods with a group of people and now you are all suffering from the same gastronomic distress then you may be suffering from food or fluid poisoning.

Signs of food poisoning may range from mild to life threatening. Vomiting, fever, diarrhea, nausea, cramping are all signs of poisoning. Remember you many suffer from only a few of the symptoms or all of the symptoms. Generally symptoms come on within 48 hours after eating or drinking the contaminated foods/drinks.

Poisoning may occur a number of ways and according to WebMD there are over 250 different diseases that can cause food poisoning. Bacteria in water, toxins in foods, foods not cooked to high enough temperatures, lack of hygiene by food preparers, lack of cleanliness where food is prepared, contamination by other animals such as rats or mice, lack of refrigeration, and cross contamination of uncooked foods with cooked foods.

What should you do if you think you have been poisoned with food?

If you are experiencing mild diarrhea or vomiting then you can probably self treat at home. On the other hand if you are suffering from food poisoning and already have compromised heath, if you are pregnant, dehydrated or if you don’t seem to be getting any better after a day or so then seek medical treatment.