While typically short lived, food poisoning can be one of the most miserable illnesses around. Also known as a food borne illness, food poisoning is normally caused by eating food that has been contaminated by infectious organisms, including bacteria, viruses and parasites. Food poisoning is most often resolved without medical treatment; however some cases may require a hospital visit. Below are ways you can identify symptoms of food poisoning.
Symptoms of food poisoning will vary depending on the source of contamination. A typical case will include the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, watery diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramps and fever. It is normal for these symptoms to begin within hours after the contaminated food has been eaten; however, in some cases symptoms may occur days or even weeks later.
Illness caused by food poisoning will usually last a few hours to a few days with no treatment needed. However, severe cases may include bloody vomit or diarrhea, severe abdominal cramping, dehydration, blurred vision, continuous vomiting and an oral temperature higher than 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit. If you experience any of the above symptoms, medical attention should be sought immediately.
Some people can consume a contaminated food and not experience illness. Whether or not someone becomes sick depends on the organism, amount of exposure, age and health. Older adults, pregnant women, people with chronic disease, infants and young children are at a higher risk of becoming ill.
If you’re experiencing a food borne illness, the sickness will likely resolve itself without treatment within a few days. It is a good idea to replace fluids that have been lost to persistent diarrhea and vomiting. If the illness persists for more than a few days or you exhibit more severe symptoms, it’s smart to see a doctor who can evaluate you and prescribe antibiotics if necessary.
Consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care Center if you’re suffering from food poisoning. We offer convenient hours and online check-in to provide you a quick and easy experience.
Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.