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Signs and Symptoms of Food Poisoning

Signs and Symptoms of Food Poisoning

In general, Food poisoning is caused by microscopic organisms. They can get into the drinks and food you eat. You cannot taste, smell or see these bacteria (at least without a microscope). Despite the fact that they are tiny, they can have a powerful effect on the body. When a food poisoning bacterium enters your body, it can release toxins. These toxins are poisons (the reason they are called "food poisoning") and can cause diarrhea and vomiting.

Doctors usually use "food poisoning" to describe the disease that develops shortly after eating contaminated food. People often suffer from diarrhea or start vomiting a few hours after infection. The good news is that food poisoning usually disappears quickly. Most people recover within a few days and the problem doesn't persist.

In some cases, extreme food poisoning can mean a visit to a doctor or hospital. When a person needs treatment for food poisoning, it is often due to dehydration. Dehydration is the most common and serious complication of food poisoning.

What Are the General Signs and Symptoms of Food Poisoning?

Signs and Symptoms of Food Poisoning

The appearance of food poisoning depends on the microorganism that causes it. You may feel nauseous within 1-2 hours after consuming contaminated food or liquids. Additionally, symptoms may not appear for several weeks. In most cases, the symptoms disappear within 1-10 days.

General Signs and Symptoms that you might have food poisoning include:

  • Nausea (feeling sick)
  • Somach pain and cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  •  Fever
  •  Headache and general weakness

·     Food poisoning can rarely cause dizziness, blurred vision or tingling arms. In very rare cases, weakness sometimes associated with food poisoning causes difficulty in breathing.

What Causes Food Poisoning?

What Causes Food Poisoning?

Eating and drinking food contaminated with microorganism can lead to food poisoning and disease. People are often poisoned with food of animal origin such as meat, poultry, eggs, dairy products, seafood. But fruit, vegetables and other raw and unwashed foods can be contaminated and make people sick. Water can also cause food poisoning.

Food and liquids can be contaminated at various points of preparation, storage and handling of food. For example:

  • The water used to prepare food can be contaminated with animal and human feces.
  • Meat or poultry products may come into contact with germs during handling or dispatching.
  • Bacteria can contaminate foods stored at the wrong temperature or kept excessively long.
  • Cooks and other food processors can contaminate food if they do not wash their hands or use dirty pans or cutting boards.

If you have health problems (such as chronic kidney disease) and weakened immunity you are more likely to get food poisoning than healthy people.

What Microorganism Cause Food Poisoning?

Microorganism that often cause food poisoning include the following

What Microorganism Cause Food Poisoning?

Salmonella: Salmonella microscopic organisms are the main source of food contamination. These microscopic organisms get into food when they come into contact with animal feces. The main cause of salmonella food poisoning is eating dairy products.  Half-cooked meat and poorly washed fresh products.

Escherichia coli (E. Coli): E. Coli generally gets into food and water via animal feces. Consumption of Half-cooked beef is the most common cause of E. coli poisoning.

Listeria: These Bacteria are generally found in unpasteurized dairy products, smoked fish, meat products such as hot dogs. Listeria can also contaminate fruits and vegetables, although its less common.

Campylobacter: These Bacteria most regularly contaminate meat, poultry, and unpasteurized milk. Campylobacter additionally can pollute water. Likewise with different sorts of microbes; these typically get into food through contact with contaminated animal feces.

Staphylococcus aureus: These bacteria can be found in meats, salads, and foods made with contaminated dairy products. It can be spread by touching, sneezing, or coughing. This means that people who prepare or handle food can spread the infection.

Shigella: Shigella bacteria can contaminate fish, fruits and vegetables. These bacteria usually spread when people who prepare and handle food after using the toilet do not wash their hands properly. The infection can cause blood in the stool (poop).

Hepatitis A: Most people get the virus by eating raw shellfish and p food from infected people. It can be difficult to determine the cause of an infection because you won't get sick for 15-50 days.

Noroviruses: These viruses commonly contaminate food cooked by infected controllers.Some of them, including Listeria and E. coli, can cause potentially dangerous heart, kidney and bleeding problems.

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