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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


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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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I need help! How do I know if I have food allergies or food poisoning?

I need help! How do I know if I have food allergies or food poisoning?

See a doctor: Both problems can be serious. Food poisoning occurs when food is spoiled or contaminated with bacteria and presents as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and sometimes fever. Food allergies can have similar symptoms but may also include hives itching, breathing problems. Both can be serious or even life threatening. See a doctor immediately or even go to ER. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have food poisoning?

Depends on cause: Food poisoning may be due chemicals, bacterial toxins, bacterial and viral infections, and parasites. See this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/food-poisoning/food-poisoning. ...Read more

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How to determine if I have food poisoning?

How to determine if I have food poisoning?

Variable: There are many different causes of food poisoning, e.g., chemicals, bacterial toxins, live micro-organism and each has different clinical picture. Most cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. See this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/food-poisoning/food-poisoning. ...Read more

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What should I eat if I have food poisoning?

What should I eat if I have food poisoning?

Anything tolerated: Whatever you eat won't affect the effects from food poisoning but spicy and greasy foods tend to be more irritating to the guts. ...Read more

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If I have food poisoning, how long should it last?

If I have food poisoning, how long should it last?

Depends: Staph: lasts 1-3 days. Viral gastroenteritis can last a week. Anything longer needs evaluation. See doc if fever, bleeding, severe symptoms, i.e. Can't keep anything down or in, other health issues, e.g. Diabetes, chronic illnesses, elderly, very young, rash, joint pains, recent travel, antibiotics in past 2-3 months, etc to make sure of the diagnosis, and get appropriate rx, avoid dehydratio, . ...Read more

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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. 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