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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Food Poisoning (Overview)

Occurs when you swallow food or water that contains bacteria, parasites, viruses, or toxins made by these germs.


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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Food Poisoning (Overview)

Occurs when you swallow food or water that contains bacteria, parasites, viruses, or toxins made by these germs.


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How does food poisoning spread?

How does food poisoning spread?

By what you eat: Food poisoning doesn't spread from person to person. Rather, bacteria or virus is eaten which causes a reaction in your body. Everyone who eats the same food has similar reaction i.e. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea , abdominal pain, etc. ...Read more

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How long could food poisoning last?

How long could food poisoning last?

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. ...Read more

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How does food poisoning spread?

By what you eat: Food poisoning doesn't spread from person to person. Rather, bacteria or virus is eaten which causes a reaction in your body. Everyone who eats the same food has similar reaction i.e. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea , abdominal pain, etc. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of food poisoning, and how long does it last ?

What are the symptoms of food poisoning, and how long does it last ?

Depends: Nausea, vomiting diarrhea are usual symptoms and the duration depends on the type of bug involved. Food poisoning also includes botulism that causes paralysis. ...Read more

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Can gas be a sign of food poisoning in pregnancy? Ate pancakes breakfast, avocado and chicken at lunch, and plantains with stew for dinner clif bar

Can gas be a sign of food poisoning in pregnancy? Ate pancakes breakfast, avocado and chicken at lunch, and plantains with stew for dinner clif bar

Sure, but...: Feeling full of "gas" may reflect malabsorption of food (like gluten, lactose), intake of poorly digested food, or choosing foods known to promote gas (beans, fizzy drinks). Sometimes its a stomach emptying too slowly, bacterial overgrowth syndrome, delayed intestinal function, partial obstruction from any cause (like pregnancy), infection, rectum problems, and pelvic pathology outside the gut. ...Read more

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How does a doctor diagnose food poisoning or stomach flu?

How does a doctor diagnose food poisoning or stomach flu?

Symptoms: It is often obvious by the history and the symptoms. The flu usually lasts longer. Food poisoning is usually short lived. Both need rest and hydration. ...Read more

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Would there be a narrow range of diagnoses for an ED patient who had 14 diagnostic lab tests, 1 unk diagnostic test at cost of $3k? Food poisoning?

Would there be a narrow range of diagnoses for an ED patient who had 14 diagnostic lab tests, 1 unk diagnostic test at cost of $3k? Food poisoning?

What is the question: You went to an emergency room for some illness and expected to be diagnosed without testing? You are lucky you were only charged $3, 000. It could have been a great deal more. Ers are abused, overused and populated by large numbers of people who never pay and cannot be turned away by law. Those who can pay foot the bill for those who cannot . This is why we need major revision to med care. ...Read more

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Can doctors test for food poisoning or do ers do it?

No specific test: There is no simple tests for common food poisioning; some tests are available but the treatmetn is usually symptomatic so these are not normally done... ...Read more

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If you are being tested for food poisoning - how long does it take for the tests to be done?

If you are being tested for food poisoning - how long does it take for the tests to be done?

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 grow in a culture to be identified. ...Read more

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What home foods could cause food poisoning?

What home foods could cause food poisoning?

Any: Any food if infected can cause food poisoning. If by home food you mean foods that you prepare and store or can yourself there's even greater possibility of this if you aren't using a preservative. Meats and dairy products are more often the culprit but starches, fruits and veges can also harbor pathogenic bacteria. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean to have food poisoning?

What exactly does it mean to have food poisoning?

Symptoms : The development of symptoms following ingestion of food usually but not always vomiting and diarrhea. ...Read more

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How do you treat food poisoning?

Fluids, maybe meds: Supportive care, fluids, brat diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, tea), maybe meds. Not always antibiotics; be careful using antidiarrheals-can retain the germ. Probiotics can be helpful. Contact md if prolonged, fever, bleeding, can't keep things down or in. ...Read more

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How is abdominal pain treated if from food poisoning?

How is abdominal pain treated if from food poisoning?

Conservative: Most food born illness is self limiting. Use something for nausea and peptobismol for diarrhea. If symptoms more than a day or high fever or bloody diarrhea seek care. ...Read more

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Can my food poisoning hurt the baby?

Can my food poisoning hurt the baby?

Yes: It depends on the type of food poisoning and age and health of the baby. In general, the mom passes the offending organism quickly with little or no harm to herself or the fetus. Some like listeria may not harm moms but can have devastating effects on the fetus. It is wise to eat local or home-cooked foods. Read also: globalization exposes food supply to unsanitary practices http://t.Co/0pdamn7. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for food poisoning?

What is the treatment for food poisoning?

Fluids, maybe meds: Hydration, not just water; sometimes antibiotics, not always: depends on severity, duration, and type of germ. Bland foods, brat diet (bananas, rice, apple sauce, tea, toast) initially; then advance. ...Read more

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What can I do to quickly get rid of food poisoning on a dream vacation?

What can I do to quickly get rid of food poisoning on a dream vacation?

Antibiotics: It depends on where you are. 3 days of Ciprofloxacin is often used for travelers' diarrhea. In some parts of the world, Erythromycin or Azithromycin may be a better choice. See a doctor rather than treating yourself if you have a high fever, abdominal pain, or bloody diarrhea, or if you feel you can't keep yourself hydrated. ...Read more

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Could my shortness be due to the food poisoning I had when I was a baby?

Could my shortness be due to the food poisoning I had when I was a baby?

Doubtful: Food poisoning is a transient stress on the system from which kids will fully recover. I suppose if you were hospitalized for weeks & it profoundly altered your system it might. But I have never seen it or heard of it.Growth is a complex interaction between genetic potential, diet & general health. Expected stature is projected as the average of your parents height +5cm if male & -5cm if female. ...Read more

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


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