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What bacteria cause food poisoning and food-borne disease?

What bacteria cause food poisoning and food-borne disease?

SSCE: Salmonella, shigella, campylobacter and e coli are the bacteria most often associated with food poisoning and food borne disease. Listeria and clostridium can also cause food borne illnesses as well ...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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What is the definition or description of: Accidental poisoning?

What is the definition or description of: Accidental poisoning?

Unintentional ...: ingestion or inhalation, etc. of a chemical that is toxic, in contrast to purposeful intake, such as might occur with a suicide attempt. Examples might be a child taking a pill or drinking a liquid because they thought it was candy or a beverage, a person misreading a label and taking 2 tablespoons instead of 2 teaspoons, or taking Med A instead of Med B or alcohol OD with inexperienced drinkers. ...Read more

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Could prior accidental poisoning cause too much iron in body?

Could prior accidental poisoning cause too much iron in body?

Iron overload: It is uncommon for iron overload to occur as a result of poisoning. More likely etiologies are congenital disorders such as hemochromatosis, repetitive blood transfusions, or a hematologic condition which prevents normal iron usage. It is important for you to be seen by a hematologist to determine how severe your iron overload is, what the etiology is, and what's the best treatment. ...Read more

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Child's possible accidental poisoning. How do I report my neighbor for negligence?

Child's possible accidental poisoning. How do I report my neighbor for negligence?

Call: You can call your local child and youth protective services. They provide privacy to your call and you can express your concerns. ...Read more

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I am wondering what herbs are good for food poisoning like illnesses?

I am wondering what herbs are good for food poisoning like illnesses?

Homoeopathy: The homeopathic remedy arsenicum album is fabulous for food poisoning like symptoms when you are going at both ends. Ginger tea can help soothe the stomach and acupuncture / acupressure can also work well. ...Read more

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Can loperamide be taken for gastroenteritis? (Viral or food poisoning). Or will it make the illness worse?

Can loperamide be taken for gastroenteritis? (Viral or food poisoning). Or will it make the illness worse?

It can: In acute diarrhea and vomiting, loperamide is not a good choice. The intestines react too strongly too meds,and the loperamide can actually completely stop bowel motion. . . everything then just stops working! Not good. Try Pepto-bismol or kaopectate (kaolin and pectin) and gas-x and a bland diet (no caffeine, vitamin C or spicy, greasy foods till better. I am one of those that say to stay away from dairy, too. ...Read more

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Hi, when breathing in mercury, is that considered a poisoning or a disease? I ask for reasons, not that it happened or anything. Thanks

Hi, when breathing in mercury, is that considered a poisoning or a disease?
I ask for reasons, not that it happened or anything.
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Sometimes both: Mercury is a naturally occurring element. Industrial sources are many. Natural sources of mercury in our air include mercury from volcanoes, from geologic deposits of mercury, and from the ocean. It is only a poisoning if we get too much of it in a form that can affect us in a bad way, at one time or over time. It is considered a disease because the poisoning damages parts of our body. ...Read more

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Accidentally ate raw pork, how can I avoid food poisoning?

Accidentally ate raw pork, how can I avoid food poisoning?

Not much: If you do not develop symptoms within 6-8 hours, you are generally safe. ...Read more

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I accidentally might have crushed and eaten orange seeds. Not sure how many. Freaking out. cyanide poisoning?

I accidentally might have crushed and eaten orange seeds. Not sure how many. Freaking out. cyanide poisoning?

Not even close: You would have to eat at least 50 seeds to start to be concerned. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/oct/11/cyanide-in-fruit-seeds-how-dangerous-is-an-apple ...Read more

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I accidentally just at undercooked pre mixed pancake batter (aunt jemima). Worried about salmonella poisoning! There's no egg mixed in. What do I do?!

I accidentally just at undercooked pre mixed pancake batter (aunt jemima). Worried about salmonella poisoning! There's no egg mixed in. What do I do?!

Undercooked pancake.: If it's the "just add water" kind of mix, then I doubt you'd have any cause for concern. With the more involved mix for which you have to add milk and eggs, the cooking process could very well kill off any bacteria even if it left the actual pancake undercooked. So if seems this should not be a cause for concern. ...Read more

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I accidentally ate raw chicken. How do I prevent food poisoning?

I accidentally ate raw chicken. How do I prevent food poisoning?

Nothing to do now: There is a low risk of getting an infection, but since you have already eaten the meat there is nothing for you to do. If there were to be a problem it would likely happen within a few hours. ...Read more

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How can I differentiate between food poisoning and contagious disease?

How can I differentiate between food poisoning and contagious disease?

Similar: Food poisoning is due to infection found in the food eaten. It is usually bacteria and the response is fairly soon after ingesting the food. Contagious gastrointestinal disorders are usually viral and usually occur 1-2 days after the exposure. Food poisoning is more commonly nausea and vomitting, viral infections are more diarrhea. But you can experience both with either. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning?

What are the long term effects of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning?

Includes:: Some develop a parkinsonian appearance mimicking true parkinson's tremors and rigidity. Cognitive problem such as memory loss and poor organizational skills may occur. Incoordination and imbalance may be problems, and chronic headaches are not uncommon. ...Read more

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Can you get lead poisoning from a pencil if your child accidently pricked himself?

Can you get lead poisoning from a pencil if your child accidently pricked himself?

No: The "lead" pencils do not have any lead in it, therefore no risk of poisoning. There's a risk of foreign body in ears or nose, so try to keep toddlers away from them anyway... ...Read more

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I gave myself food poisoning so i could lose weight. Is this a eating disorder?

I gave myself food poisoning so i could lose weight. Is this a eating disorder?

Sick, no matter how: It is a form of purging, and doing this to yourself is sick. Along with how sick you become with food poisoning. By the way -- some food poisoning can kill you, not than just make you vomit or have diarrhea. Please get help from a psychologist and/or psychiatrist for this -- you are apparently willing to put yourself at risk to lose weight. More info: http://tinyurl.Com/ys9ss7. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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Foodborne Illness (Definition)

Foodborne illness (food poisoning) = illness due to ingesting contaminated food, spoiled food, toxins ...Read more