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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 long does it take food poisoning to show up if you eat unsanitary food?

How long does it take food poisoning to show up if you eat unsanitary food?

6-72 hours: It depends on the infection but at least 6 hours and generally less than 48 (but not always). ...Read more

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How long does it take to cure food poisoning?

How long does it take to cure food poisoning?

Time will tell: If you have a not too serious bacterial or spoiled food, then a day of nausea, vomiting, then diarrhea usually occurs. Unfortunately there are bad bugs out there that if your health is not the best, can result in death. If you are "sick" then weak care immediately to make sure you will recover. ...Read more

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How long can it take for food poisoning to show up?

How long can it take for food poisoning to show up?

Depends on cause: Minutes for heavy metal poisoning, hours for staph food poisoning, several days for salmonella or campylobacter and months to years for the human form of mad cow disease. ...Read more

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How long does it take for food poisoning to go away?

3 days to a week: For the top food-borne illnesses like salmonella and shigella the symptoms usually take 4 to 7 days to resolve. A common diarrhea caused by staph which is actually a toxin produced by the bacteria resolves in 24 hours. An organism like yersinia can take up to 3 weeks to resolve. ...Read more

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How long could food poisoning take to have an effect?

How long could food poisoning take to have an effect?

Depends: Different posions have different lag periods. Strong acids and alkali act immediately. Low dose arsenic poisioning may not be evident for months or years; a lot more are inbetween. What poison do you have in mind? ...Read more

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How long does it take to develop symptoms from food poisoning?

Varies: Staph food poisoning: preformed toxin (in creamy, mayonaise foods), onset 4-8 h after tainted food. Symptoms: nausea, vomiting, fever, diarrhea; lasts 24-48 hours. Scombroid poisoning (fresh tuna, grouper, snapper, etc): tasteless toxin, stable to cooking, histamine release; symptoms within 1/2-3h; flushing, palpitations, cramps, diarrhea; lasts 24-48h. Others: onset up to 5 d after exposure. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for food poisoning to occur?

Depends : Some poisons act within minutes, e.g. Strong acid or alkali. Others may take years, e.g., low dose arsenic poisoning ; and a whole lot are inbetween. What poison do you have in mind? ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to notice food poisoning symptoms?

Please tell me how long it takes for to notice food poisoning symptoms?

Depends : Different posions have different lag periods. Strong acids and alkali act immediately. Low dose arsenic poisioning may not be evident for months or years; a lot more are inbetween. What poison do you have in mind? ...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. 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