What Are the Main Food Poisoning Symptoms?

Food poisoning is an unfortunately common occurrence. There are three common types of common causes of this illness. The first is bacteria. The second is parasite. The third is virus. Each cause of parasite can result in different food poisoning symptoms. These symptoms may range from rather mild to notably serious.

There are some that are common in instances regardless of cause such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. General discomfort in the abdominal area is also common. If you experience these food poisoning symptoms you may need to visit a doctor. If the symptoms are extreme it may be necessary to visit a hospital.

• Symptoms in the case of bacterial food poisoning usually begin within two to six hours of eating. The symptoms may include all or some of the above along with headache and general weakness.

• Symptoms in the case of viral poisoning may vary widely depending on the virus that is present. Many cases of this type of poisoning by food are a result of the present of a contaminant (specifically fecal matter).

• Symptoms in the case of parasitical poisoning are rare. They can be long-lasting though. Despite the length of the symptoms they are usually mild.

There are also some cases of toxins causing sickness. These are rare, but may occur from toxins within the animals or plants being consumed. In some cases the toxin may be introduced into the food from an outside source. Simple cleanliness is a good step toward preventing this issue.

If you suspect that you have some of these food poisoning symptoms and they are severe you may need to visit an emergency room. If the symptoms have not begun to improve within twenty-four to forty-eight hours you may need to consult a doctor. When you travel be certain to have a good knowledge of the local food and water supply. There are some parts of the world that do not have adequately clean water. Other places may not have the same level of regulations for food vendors as exist in your country either.