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Doctor insights on: Food Borne Illness (Food Poisoning)

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Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
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Poisoning (Definition)

Toxic ingestion (also called "poisoning") is a condition in which a person has eaten or drank a substance that causes ill symptoms or damage to his body. Taking an overdose of a medicine, taking any dose of a poison, drinking too much vodka, or accidentally drinking antifreeze . . . are all ...Read more


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I am wondering what herbs are good for food poisoning like illnesses?

I am wondering what herbs are good for food poisoning like illnesses?

Homoeopathy: The homeopathic remedy arsenicum album is fabulous for food poisoning like symptoms when you are going at both ends. Ginger tea can help soothe the stomach and acupuncture / acupressure can also work well. ...Read more

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Can loperamide be taken for gastroenteritis? (Viral or food poisoning). Or will it make the illness worse?

Can loperamide be taken for gastroenteritis? (Viral or food poisoning). Or will it make the illness worse?

It can: In acute diarrhea and vomiting, loperamide is not a good choice. The intestines react too strongly too meds,and the loperamide can actually completely stop bowel motion. . . everything then just stops working! Not good. Try Pepto-bismol or kaopectate (kaolin and pectin) and gas-x and a bland diet (no caffeine, vitamin C or spicy, greasy foods till better. I am one of those that say to stay away from dairy, too. ...Read more

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What bacteria cause food poisoning and food-borne disease?

What bacteria cause food poisoning and food-borne disease?

SSCE: Salmonella, shigella, campylobacter and e coli are the bacteria most often associated with food poisoning and food borne disease. Listeria and clostridium can also cause food borne illnesses as well ...Read more

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How can I differentiate between food poisoning and contagious disease?

How can I differentiate between food poisoning and contagious disease?

Similar: Food poisoning is due to infection found in the food eaten. It is usually bacteria and the response is fairly soon after ingesting the food. Contagious gastrointestinal disorders are usually viral and usually occur 1-2 days after the exposure. Food poisoning is more commonly nausea and vomitting, viral infections are more diarrhea. But you can experience both with either. ...Read more

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I gave myself food poisoning so i could lose weight. Is this a eating disorder?

I gave myself food poisoning so i could lose weight. Is this a eating disorder?

Sick, no matter how: It is a form of purging, and doing this to yourself is sick. Along with how sick you become with food poisoning. By the way -- some food poisoning can kill you, not than just make you vomit or have diarrhea. Please get help from a psychologist and/or psychiatrist for this -- you are apparently willing to put yourself at risk to lose weight. More info: http://tinyurl.Com/ys9ss7. ...Read more

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I DONT have an eating disorder, but when I eat meat, or food you can get food poisoning from, I panic then feel sick, what is this?

I DONT have an eating disorder, but when I eat meat, or food you can get food poisoning from, I panic then feel sick, what is this?

Anxiety disorder?: Although I do not think you have an eating disorder based on your symptoms, it does sound as though you may have some kind of anxiety disorder associated with eating. I think seeing your primary care doctor is a good initial step. Depending on what he thinks, he may refer you to a counselor or try medication. If this is been going on a while, do not delay getting treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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I feel like I have food poisoning?

I feel like I have food poisoning?

Any symptoms?: What symptoms do you have that make you feel that you have food poisoning? You may visit this site for information on this topic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/food-poisoning/symptoms-causes/syc-20356230
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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What are the causes of food poisoning?

What are the causes of food poisoning?

Poor hand hygiene: The biggest offender is poor hand hygiene. Other major ones: 2. Violating regulations in the safe handling and storage of food 3. Food handlers allowed to work while having a contagious illness 4. Breakdown in following regulations in the production and distribution of food products this results in the production of toxins or overgrowth of microbes that makes you sick. ...Read more

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Should I breastfeed if I have food poisoning?

Should I breastfeed if I have food poisoning?

No: If you are ill and the possiblility exists that you might become dehydrated due to your symptoms it is probably impractical and draining for mom. Mimimize the risks to you and your baby and talk it over with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it ok to breastfeed if I have food poisoning?

Is it ok to breastfeed if I have food poisoning?

Yes.: The toxins should not pass through breast milk. Homeopathic arsenicum album is amazing for food poisoning symptoms. Hopefully you can keep up with your fluids. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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How to get food poisoning?

Food Poisoning: Food poisoning can be caused by bacteria (E.coli, Listeria monocytogenes, Shigells, Staphylococcus Aureus, C. botulinum, Clostridium perfingens, V. cholerae, C. jenui.), viruses ((Norovirus, Rotovirus and Hepatitis A)& toxins in food Ciguatera in tropical fish that have eaten toxic plankton, Shellfish fed on toxic algae, Scromboid in poorly refrigerated dark meat fish,Puffer fish. Some mushrooms > ...Read more

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How to cure food poisoning?

How to cure food poisoning?

Treatment: Treatment of Food poisoning may include oral or intravenous replacement of fluids/ electrolytes. Antibiotics may be needed for bacterial infections. Hospitalization is sometimes necessary. ...Read more

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How is food poisoning diagnosed?

How is food poisoning diagnosed?

Clinically: It is usually a clinical diagnosis based on the presentation. Sometimes we will get stool studies depending on the clinical circumstances. ...Read more

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Can you passout from food poisoning?

Possible but...: If one had food poisoning which resulting in severe, intractable diarrhea, one could be very dehydrated and orthostatic (becoming hypotensive when standing), one might end up having a syncopal episode (passing out). Also if you had severe nausea/vomiting episodes and became vasovagal, it could potentially lead to passing out. However, these would be extremely rare and unusual occurrences. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of food poisoning?

Food poisoning: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pains are the most frequent ones. Depends on the poison, there may be some general weakness, fever, dizziness, fatigue and more serious symptoms. ...Read more

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Is there a way to help food poisoning?

Is there a way to help food poisoning?

Prevention: Food poisoning may be due to contamination by chemicals, biological toxins, live micro-organisms and spoilt foods. Each requires a different approach for diagnosis and treatment. See this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/food-poisoning/food-poisoning. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis of food poisoning?

What is the prognosis of food poisoning?

Resolves on its own: Most food borne illnesses resolve spontaneously within 24-48 hours. Hydration becomes the biggest concern. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Nutrition (Definition)

Nutrition is the synergistic combination of nutrients found in food and water that allows the human body to perform all essential ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Food Poisoning (Definition)

Occurs when you swallow food or water that contains bacteria, parasites, viruses, or toxins ...Read more