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How long does it take to get food poisoning

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Symptoms : Symptoms of food poisoning usually start between four to 48 hours after eating contaminated food. It is usually because you have eaten food contamin... Read More

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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Depends: Different posions have different lag periods. Strong acids and alkali act immediately. Low dose arsenic poisioning may not be evident for months or ye... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Time will tell: If you have a not too serious bacterial or spoiled food, then a day of nausea, vomiting, then diarrhea usually occurs. Unfortunately there are bad bu... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
3 days to a week: For the top food-borne illnesses like salmonella and shigella the symptoms usually take 4 to 7 days to resolve. A common diarrhea caused by staph whi... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Varies: Staph food poisoning: preformed toxin (in creamy, mayonaise foods), onset 4-8 h after tainted food. Symptoms: nausea, vomiting, fever, diarrhea; lasts... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
Not always: Food poisoning refers to consuming foods that are contaminated with bacteria. Sometimes the symptoms of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea start within a ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Stuart
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Generally 1-2 days: Some of the tests can be done quickly such as assays for toxins or antigens. But many cases are caused by ingestion of bacteria and those have to gro... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
6-72 hours: It depends on the infection but at least 6 hours and generally less than 48 (but not always).
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
It varies...: ...anywhere from a few hours to 5 days, depending on the particular bacteria that might contaminate undercooked or spoiled chicken. But there's no poi... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 17 years experience
No: It usually takes 12 - 36 hrs to feel better.

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