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Doctor insights on: Food Poisoning Symptoms Vs Flu

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flu (Definition)

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...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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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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Food Poisoning (Definition)

Food poisoning, also known as foodborne illness, is an illness coming from food contaminated by bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins, or other substances. Anyone can be at risk, but pregnant women, older adults, and people with chronic ...Read more