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Need advice on what is the the difference between food poisoning and a stomach bug?

Need advice on what is the the difference between food poisoning and a stomach bug?

Onset and duration: Food poisoning refers to ingestion of a preformed bacterial toxin in food. Symptoms occur within hours. A bacterial infection results when a large bacterial load is eaten in undercooked food and causes disease (e.g. E. Coli in hamburger meat). A stomach bug usually refers to a viral infection that is contracted from another infected person or contaminated surface (e.g. Norovirus on cruise ships). ...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


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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

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

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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What's the difference between the stomach flu and food poisoning?

What's the difference between the stomach flu and food poisoning?

Depends: They both are general terms to describe one of many infections, but basically stomach flu is a viral illness that lasts for a few days. Food poising is usually bacterial, more severe, and more dangerous. ...Read more

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

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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I want to know what is the difference between stomach flu and food poisoning?

I want to know what is the difference between stomach flu and food poisoning?

Stomach flu is one: Type of food poisoning. There are multiple causes of food poisoning and each has different manifestations. Please see this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/food-poisoning/food-poisoning. ...Read more

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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

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


Dr. David Cohen
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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Viral gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces and foods that are carrying the virus. Symptoms include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Sometimes ...Read more