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Doctor insights on: Food Poisoning Symptoms Vs Flu

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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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How are food poisoning symptoms and flu symptoms different?

How are food poisoning symptoms and flu symptoms different?

GI vs respiratory: Flu symptoms are usually due to damage to the upper airways and lungs, like, runny nose, fever, aches, cough, difficulty breathing. Food poisoning usually causes stomach ache, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. See this for flu symptoms. Food poisoning is much more variable. http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/flu-guide/flu-symptoms-types. ...Read more

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Is it flu or food poisoning from sprouts?

Is it flu or food poisoning from sprouts?

Virus: Flu is caused by influenza virus, not by food. Food poisoning is caused by bad bacteria that grows in the improperly stored or cooked food. ...Read more

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What's the difference between flu and food poisoning?

What's the difference between flu and food poisoning?

Much: ''flu'' is a meaningless term; tummy flu; respiratory flu. Stop 2 completely different organ systems. If i get thee, one and the same. Tainted food eaten. About 4 to 12 hours coming coming-u r infectious so wash your hands; intestinal spasms, vomiting, diarrhea for 36 hrs-remenber our cleanliness pledge. If greater, this is for md. ...Read more

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Do I have food poisoning or am I just sick like with flu?

Do I have food poisoning or am I just sick like with flu?

Symptoms?: The flu usually causes fever - food poisoning doesn't. Flu causes muscle aches and headache. Food poisoning doesn't but causes nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. The flu is contagious in the air - other friends/family sick? Food poisoning is clustered around a meal - other people who ate what you ate sick? Food poisoning usually passes in 24-48 hours. Flu may last a week. ...Read more

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What are the flu and food poisoning?

Virus and multiple: Causes. Flu is caused by the influenza virus. Food poisoning may be due to bacterial, viral and parasitic infections, preformed toxins, e.g., staphylococcal toxin, botulism; chemical contaminants and food intolerance. ...Read more

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How can you tell between the flu or food poisoning?

How can you tell between the flu or food poisoning?

Difficult : If you have an obvious risky food exposure with other sick contacts then food posioning would be more likely. Otherwise very difficult to differentiate the two, though the flu may have more systemic sx such as muscle aches and pains. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Is swine flu related to food poisoning?

No: Diferent symptoms, different set of germs, different mechanism of disease, different means of infection. Swine flu has fever, cough, profound fatigue, transmitted by droplet/respiratory, i.e. Cough, or exposure to virus on surfaces like doorknobs. Food poisoning/gastroenteritis can be viral, bacterial. Usually requires ingestion, but surface exposure can do it too. Wash hands, use purell type. ...Read more

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Can wasabi peas go bad and cause food poisoning? Ate some for first time ever, already were sitting in cupboard for while. Felt flu-ish next few days

Can wasabi peas go bad and cause food poisoning? Ate some for first time ever, already were sitting in cupboard for while. Felt flu-ish next few days

Not food poisoning: Dried foods like wasabi peas are an unlikely cause of food poisoning, and "flu-ish" symptoms don't suggest it. The main symptoms of food poisoning are gastrointestinal -- nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. And food poison symptoms generally clear up on their own within 1-2 days. Almost certainly your symptoms have nothing to do with the wasabi peas. See a doctor if they continue or become severe. ...Read more

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Food poisoning or stomach flu, how to tell?

Food poisoning or stomach flu, how to tell?

Usually in...: Retrospect. Food poisoning will affect multiple people, but only those who ate the same food. Gastroenteritis will hit multiple people, going from one to the other. Food poisoning is usually not passed from person-to-person. ...Read more

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Are food poisoning and stomach flu the same thing?

Are food poisoning and stomach flu the same thing?

Not really: Stomach flu is related to viruses that can be transmitted by eating contaminated food or water or personal contact with other people who are ill. Foodborne illness ( food poisoning is another term for this) occurs as a direct result of ingesting contaminated food or fluids. Toxins are produced by the parasites, viruses or bacteria, . ...Read more

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What would you do to decide if you have the stomach flu or food poisoning?

Difficult: Both have almost the same symptoms. In food poisoning, the symptoms start few hours after eating causative food. ...Read more

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Stomach trouble that maybe food poisoning or stomach flu. How to tell for sure?

Stomach trouble that maybe food poisoning or stomach flu. How to tell for sure?

Food poisoning / flu: Food poisoning & 'stomach flu' both irritate the stomach lining & produce similar symptoms. Initial treatment is the same - primarily hydration. Drink clear liquids for the first 24 hours, rest and avoid eating regular food until regular liquids and soft bland foods are tolerated. If significant fever, weakness , dehydration of blood occur, or if symptoms persist, should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Unconttolable muscle shaking full body experience , defiantly not food poisoning and I do not have a temperature or flu.. Any suggestions?. Thank you

Unconttolable muscle shaking full body experience , defiantly not food poisoning and I do not have a temperature or flu.. Any suggestions?. Thank you

Several things: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have food poisoning or a stomach flu?

Difficult : If you have an obvious risky food exposure with other sick contacts then food posioning would be more likely. Otherwise very difficult to differentiate the two. ...Read more

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How would I know if my child has food poisoning vs. Stomach flu?

How would I know if my child has food poisoning vs. Stomach flu?

Very tough: Unless you know the suspected food and are able to test it, or there is an outbreak with an epidemiological analysis it may be very hard to determine the source of self-limited nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. On the other hand if your child has fever, other symptoms outside the GI tract, they probably have a viral illness, although not necessarily influenza. ...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


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