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Dr. John Leander Po
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Foodborne Illness (Overview)

Foodborne illness is a condition in which a person got sick after eating or drinking contaminated food or drink. There are many types of foodborne illness, such as hepatitis A from shellfish, E. coli from undercooked burger patties, Listeria from dairy products, salmonella from eggs, botulism from improperly canned food, etc...


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What can I do at home to help protect us from foodborne illness?

What can I do at home to help protect us from foodborne illness?

Some simple things-: 1. Wash your hands thoroughly before meal prep and after touching your face or using the toilet. 2.Eliminate cross-contamination of meat juices ( eg cutting boards, mixing raw/cooked items, storing raw items over cooked ones) 3. Cooking and storing food at their appropriate temperatures. 4. When in doubt, don't eat the food item in question. ...Read more

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Dr. John Leander Po
178 doctors shared insights

Foodborne Illness (Overview)

Foodborne illness is a condition in which a person got sick after eating or drinking contaminated food or drink. There are many types of foodborne illness, such as hepatitis A from shellfish, E. coli from undercooked burger patties, Listeria from dairy products, salmonella from eggs, botulism from improperly canned food, etc...


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How does foodborne illness effect the digestion?

Slows or prevents.: Two types of illness: intoxication- a preformed toxin affects your gut. Infection- organism in food actually infects lining of gut. Both result in temporary disruption of ability to digest food and absorb nutrients. Most 1st world illness is short lived and mild. Some can be severe. Persistent symptoms, elderly, recent antibiotics, severe abd pain or blood in stool should prompt eval. ...Read more

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All summer long I eat only food from local farmers market. If I go out of town and eat at even nice restaturants I get symptoms. Is that foodborne illness?

All summer long I eat only food from local farmers market. If I go out of town and eat at even nice restaturants I get symptoms. Is that foodborne illness?

What symptoms? : Depends on what your symptoms are. It could be travel related but not necessarily food borne or illness. If your diet changes when you travel, you may be exposed to something to which you are intolerant like gluten or lactose? Perhaps you have allergies? Stress or lack of sleep from travel and commitments? Exposure to contagious illness e.g. On airplanes? Many possibilities. ...Read more

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What do you call a doctor that diagnoses, treats foodborne illnesses?

What do you call a doctor that diagnoses, treats foodborne illnesses?

A doctor: Any physician can diagnose and treat foodborne illnesses. You do not have to see a gastroenterologist or infectious disease specialist for that. ...Read more

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What kinds of food are most likely to cause foodborne illness?

All kinds: Cooking kills many micro-organisms that cause disease so in general cooked foods are safer than raw. But cooking doesn't destroy the toxins behind some food poisoning so even that isn't 100% protection. Animals harbor many disease-causing bacteria in their waste so non-animal food products are in general safer but many farms have animals around their veggie gardens so nothing is 100% safe! ...Read more

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How does treating foodborne illness mess up your body?

How does treating foodborne illness mess up your body?

Foodborne illness: You can wait it out with no treatment as it's self-limited. If you take an antibiotic, you are exposed to potential side effects. Allergy, vaginitis in women, nausea are common side effects. Pepto-bismal is often used with very few side effects. ...Read more