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Fish Food Poisoning
Anisakiasis: Anisakiasis is the principal "worm" infestation of the stomach, caused by ingesting anisakis larvae in raw or undercooked fish. Within a few hours, there is severe upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting (relieved after endoscopic removal of worm). As you know, raw fish (sushi, sashimi) are increasingly popular--choose carefully your source of fish (farm raised, not wild caught) & food preparer. ...Read more
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
I seem to have food poisoning - ate a warm fish/mayo sandwich yesterday. Cannot keep anything in. Help!
Drink lots of water: A warm fish and mayo sandwich? That was a bad idea :) You very likely do have true food poisoning which most often is from a toxin formed by the bacteria staph aureus, commonly present in warm mayo. This should pass in 24 hours. You can treat the nausea with medication (Rx ondansetron, Rx promethazine, OTC pepto) but it's best to let the diarrhea run it's course. Seek care if no improvement. ...Read more
Sushi contamination: People can get food poisoning from any fish that isn't fresh, just like they can get it from any food left out too long. Raw fish can also carry parasites, like raw meat can. That's why we learned to cook foods, one has to presume. Just googling sushi safety brings up salmonella and botulism reports. http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/10/27/2-investigators-is-your-sushi-safe/. ...Read more
No sewage!: When you get food poisoning from raw seafood, it's usually from shellfish, such as oysters, that filter water that may be contaminated with sewage. That's not the case with fish used in sush, which swim around in the sea. However, you can sometimes get parasites, such as tapeworms, from sushi. As far as i'm concerned, it's worth the risk. ...Read more
I got food poisoning from fish a month ago I was sick for a few days then was ok. Now I am nauseated and having digestive problems can it be linked?
Unlikely: But anything is possible. If it continues you might want to consult with a GI doctor and get evaluated thoroughly. There are rare instances in which "food poisoning" may actually have given you a long-standing infection with an unwanted organism, but it is more likely that something new is going on. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more
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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