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How can you tell if a person on long trip got a virus or if it is food poisoning?

How can you tell if a person on long trip got a virus or if it is food poisoning?

Not with certainty: Viruses tend to be very short lived and mild infections in the GI tract. Food poisoning can vary in the length and severity of the process depending on the bug, how much was ingested and the integrity of the person's immune system. As a rule, these infections tend to be a bit nastier and last longer on average. ...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 can you tell the difference between food poisoning and a virus?

How can you tell the difference between food poisoning and a virus?

It's generally moot: Staph food poisoning is very severe, very sudden, and very brief. Other food poisoning outbreaks will affect multiple eaters almost identically. The gastrointestinal viruses run in small outbreaks in particular seasons. The two entities are seldom distinguished s they are self-limited. Salmonella and shigella might be cultured from the stool -- infections, not poisoning. ...Read more

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Do I have the stomach virus or food poisoning? How to tell>

Do I have the stomach virus or food poisoning? How to tell>

Symptoms overlap : Some times it is hard to tell. I generally assume that a fever over 101 in an infant or 100 in an adult likely represents an infectious process rather than a food toxin. However, there are some that don't have much fever during an illness & some folks that run moderate temperatures when faced with the stress of a food toxin, or running around the block for that matter. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between a stomach virus and food poisoning?

How to tell the difference between a stomach virus and food poisoning?

There are a number: of potential causative agents for food poisoning including viruses (Norovirus, Rotovirus and Hepatitis A). Food poisoning can be caused by bacteria (E.coli, Listeria monocytogenes, Shigella, Staphylococcus Aureus, C. botulinum, Clostridium perfingens, V. cholerae, C. jenui.), & toxins in food. Ciguatera in tropical fish that have eaten toxic plankton, Shellfish fed on toxic algae, Scromboid ...Read more

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I think I have a mild case of food poisoning, what is the difference between food poisoning and a stomach virus and how long does it lasy?

I think I have a mild case of food poisoning, what is the difference between food poisoning and a stomach virus and how long does it lasy?

Cannot predict: Telling the difference between these may be nearly impossible. Both should resolve quickly and should disappear within several days. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have food poisoning or virus?

How do I know if I have food poisoning or virus?

A virus could cause food poisoning.: cause food poisoning. Food poisoning can be caused by bacteria (E.coli, Listeria monocytogenes, Shigells, Staphylococcus Aureus, C. botulinum, Clostridium perfingens, V. cholerae, C. jenui.) or viruses ((Norovirus, Rotovirus and Hepatitis A). ...Read more

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What to do about food poisoning or stomach virus?

What to do about food poisoning or stomach virus?

Gastroenteristis>: Start w clear liquid like water, slightly flattened soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Treatment of Food poisoning may include oral or intravenous replacement of fluids/ electrolytes. Antibiotics may be needed for > ...Read more

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Food poisoning. Can taking charcoal/ ultracarbon help to absorb toxins and virus? Should i take it for a few days?

Not useful: Activated charcoal can absorb some chemicals but it is not issue for self treatment. What toxin do you have in mind? It will not absorb viruses. ...Read more

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How are a stomach virus and food poisoning different?

Stomach virus is one: Form of food poisoning. There are many causes of food poisoning and each has different symptoms. Consult this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/food-poisoning/food-poisoning. ...Read more

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Could my husband have food poisoning or a stomach virus?

Could my husband have food poisoning or a stomach virus?

Cannot tell: over the internet with no symptoms given ee your doctor if not improving. ...Read more

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What do I do if my husband have food poisoning or a stomach virus? Please, need some answers?

What do I do if my husband have food poisoning or a stomach virus? Please, need some answers?

Stomach virus: Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip often to prevent dehydration. Work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more

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I either have stomach virus or food poisoning. Are their any home remedies i could try?

I either have stomach virus or food poisoning. Are their any home remedies i could try?

Need to treat the : Cause. It is not clear why you think that you have food poisoning or viral infection. It would be prudent to consult your doctor so that s/he may take a proper history, do physical examination and may be lab test to come to a proper diagnosis and treat accordingly. ...Read more

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3yr old vomiting 4 times since 4 am now is 11;00 at first food then seems like mucous no fever yet is it virus or food poisoning what should we do?

3yr old vomiting 4 times since 4 am now is 11;00 at first food then seems like mucous no fever yet is it virus or food poisoning what should we do?

Stomach flu: He might got a stomach flu. It easy to get dehydrated at this stage of disease. Be sure that he takes a plenty of fluids ( like gatorade), but give it by small amount (with a teaspoon) every 10 min. If refuse to drink, he would probably need to get to er for a IV fluids hydration. ...Read more

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After eatin reheated pizza i felt nauseas loose stool & peein alot, almost vomited, periods of hot& cold is this a virus or food poisoning?

After eatin reheated pizza i felt nauseas loose stool & peein alot, almost vomited, periods of hot& cold is this a virus or food poisoning?

Probably food poison: Since your symptoms started after eating pizza which wa pre heated, it is more likely to be food poisoning make sure you drink plenty fluids and if can not hold fluids go to er or to your doctor for care. ...Read more

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16 yr old son, heart palps, dizzy, nauseas troponin

16 yr old son, heart palps, dizzy, nauseas troponin <o.10 and creatine kinase 389 h.  Er doc said probably food poisoning or virus.Could that be?

Cardiologist needed : I wonder if your son has seen a cardiologist for these things. Cardiac conditions are not uncommon in youngsters, and these kinds of symptoms warrant a thorough evaluation. Do not hesitate to seek help at your local emergency room or call 911 if you are concerned about a cardiac condition - especially a new or sudden onset of cardiac symptoms. ...Read more

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...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