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what types of foods do people get food poisoning for most often?

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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Multiple: Viral food poisoning in the form of rotavirus and norovirus are the most common in the United States. Rarer would be bacterial disease due to staph followed by barillus cereus. Ecoli of various types would be next followed by botulism most rare of all due to precautions taken in this country.

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A 26-year-old member asked:

Can you get food poisoning from chili?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Yes: You can get food poisoning from any contaminated food.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How can you tell the difference between food poisoning and the flu?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Poison v. flu: Most food poisoning is acute and relates to the ingestion of a spoiled or toxic food minutes to hours prior to the symptoms which mostly are gastrointestinal. Botulinum causes its own special systemic paralytic poisoning. The flu is upper respiratory causing nasal discharge, fever, coughing, sore throat and so on. It is of slow onset and worsens over a 3-4 day interval before abating.
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A 28-year-old member asked:

How long could food poisoning last?

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Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Usually days: The length and severity of food poisoning depends on the affected person and the dose and type of infection acquired. It is typically past in a few days. Two weeks is on the longer side.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What age group does food poisoning mostly affect?

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Dr. Howard Hack
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Very young and old: The transmission of infectious agents is more likely to affect people with impaired immune systems. This would include the very young and the very old.
A 50-year-old member asked:

What do you eat when you have food poisoning?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Bland, fluids: Assuming it is true "food poisoning" (gastroenteritis), not active inflammatory disease, etc., brat diet, bananas, rice(white), applesauce, tea, toast; fluids, not just h2o. Go easy on fruit juices (sorbitol content can cause cramps, diarrhea); miso soup, broths. Add boiled, broiled chicken, fish; baked/boiled potato. Fever, bleed, pain, xs vomit, diarrhea, prolonged course, complex pmh, see md.

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