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Food poisoning is a sepis: The presence of harmful microorganisms or associated toxins in the blood and tissues, that is caused by consuming foods that are contaminated with pathogenic bacteria, toxins, viruses, prions or parasites. These contaminations are normally as a result of improper handling, storage or preparation of food. Pesticides added to food can also add in the likelihood of consumption of the viruses. Contact with Pests, such as flies and cockroaches have with food, further increases the change of contamination.
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Because symptoms often don't occur for several hours after the contaminated food is eaten, it is hard at times to 'pin the tail on the donkey' and figure out exactly where it came from. Initial Food Poisoning symptoms generally include: vomiting, diarrhea, fever, nausea, abdominal pain, headache or tiredness. Typically our body is able to recover by itself from the poisoning, after a short period of time.
In rare cases, especially with babies and pregnant women, food poisoning can result in permanent health problems, and in even more extreme cases, death. The time that passes between the food consumption and the actual presence of the virus, is known as the incubation period. During this period microbes are passed through the stomach and into the intestine where they attach to the cells that line the intestinal wall.
They then begin to multiply. Practicing good hygiene during the three stages of food preparation(before, after, during), can greatly reduce the chance of food poisoning. Be smart about your health and take the necessary precautions when working with food.
How can food poisoning be cured?
You can treat food poisoning by replacing lost fluids and electrolytes to prevent dehydration. In some cases, over-the-counter medicines may help relieve your symptoms. When you have food poisoning, you may vomit after you eat or lose your appetite for a short time.
How long does food poisoning last?
Well, fortunately, you'll usually recover from the most common types of food poisoning within 12 to 48 hours. Your goal should be to make sure that your body gets enough fluids so that you don't become dehydrated. Don't eat solid foods until diarrhea has passed, and avoid dairy products.
How do you know if its food poisoning or stomach virus?
The stomach flu typically has about a 24 to 48 hour incubation period in your system and then starts causing symptoms. In contrast, food poisoning comes on quickly — typically about two to six hours after you've eaten spoiled food.
What is the difference between food infection and food poisoning?
The major difference between food intoxication and food infections lies in the origin of the illness-causing toxins. While food intoxication/poisoning is caused by toxins released by microorganisms after they are ingested, food infections are caused by the presence of toxins in food before consumption.
What are the 6 symptoms of food poisoning?
feeling sick (nausea)
being sick (vomiting)
a high temperature of 38C or above.
feeling generally unwell – such as feeling tired or having aches and chills.
What are the first signs of E coli?
Symptoms of E. coli O157 infection
Symptoms include diarrhoea, stomach cramps and occasionally fever. About half of people with the infection will have bloody diarrhoea. People usually notice symptoms 3 to 4 days after they have been infected. But symptoms can start any time between 1 and 14 days afterwards.
How is food poisoning transmitted?
There are numerous ways you can contract the virus. This can happen by eating food that someone with the virus has prepared, sharing food or drinks, touching something that has the virus or by being in direct contact with the sick person.
Why does food poisoning last so long?
Symptoms of parasitic food poisoning, like giardia, generally last 2-6 weeks. Symptoms normally start 1-2 weeks after exposure. The state of an individual's immune system, their age, and preexisting conditions may affect how long parasitic food poisoning lasts.
What is the best antibiotic for E. coli?
For E coli intra-abdominal abscess, antibiotics must include anaerobic coverage (eg, ampicillin/sulbactam or metronidazole). In severe infection, piperacillin/tazobactam, ertapenem, or meropenem may be used.
What is a serious form of food poisoning?
The most dangerous types of food poisoning include E. coli and botulism. Some foods are poisonous. Examples include some kinds of mushrooms and certain kinds of fish (or their organs).