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I'm 36 weeks preg. I are coleslaw last weekend not knowing I shouldn't. For the last two days I have aches, stuffiness, headache. Could it be listeria?

I'm 36 weeks preg. I are coleslaw last weekend not knowing I shouldn't. For the last two days I have aches, stuffiness, headache. Could it be listeria?

Coleslaw?: I don't see why you can't have coleslaw as long as it is properly prepared. You can get a food borne illness anytime from anything. As far as listeria, while it is theoretically possible, cole slaw is not a typical food where it is found. Muscle aches, fever, vomiting and diarrhea are the more common symptoms. ...Read more

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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more


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Taking listeria, sore neck shoulder headaches, is this normal?

Taking listeria, sore neck shoulder headaches, is this normal?

Taking Listeria?: I can't think why you'd be 'taking listeria, ' which is a potentially dangerous bacteria. If you're taking it, you should stop! ...Read more

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High white blood cell count green poop low grade fever and chills with headache flu negative strep negative listeria ??

High white blood cell count green poop low grade fever and chills with headache flu negative strep negative listeria ??

If you have green: poop and fever, then look inside the belly for cause. You may need a CT, or stool culture, or GI workup. If you have headache with fever, perhaps you need to look for meningitis. In other words, have your doctor keep looking for a cause, those tests you listed are only the beginning. Focus on your symptoms and start there. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long does listeria last?

Question unclear: Listeria is a bacteria, not a disease. Please provide more details about what is going on? Where is it? What are the symptoms? Is the patient pregnant? ...Read more

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I ate a product since recalled b/c of possible Listeria Monocytogenes contamination. How long till I know I'm in the clear in terms of getting sick?

I ate a product since recalled b/c of possible Listeria Monocytogenes contamination. How long till I know I'm in the clear in terms of getting sick?

Listeria infection: Healthy people rarely become ill from listeria infection, but the disease can be fatal to unborn babies and newborns. People who have weakened immune systems also are at higher risk of life-threatening complications. Prompt antibiotic treatment can help curb the effects of listeria infection. Symptoms may occur very quickly, within a day or two but may also be delayed for months in onset. ...Read more

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After eating a cantelope, how long does it take before you know if you have listeria?

Don't worry: If you are ill, then see the doctor. Otherwise, you should not worry about eating cantaloupe or getting listeria. ...Read more

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How long after getting listeria will it show up in blood tests? What if I had it a month or more ago? I am pregnant.

How long after getting listeria will it show up in blood tests? What if I had it a month or more ago? I am pregnant.

Blood cultures: Listeria testing is best done when one is acutely ill typically through blood cultures. Pregnant women with high fever, diarrhea, myalgias and headache in whom no other more common cause can be identified may be tested. For a potential infection more than a month ago typically no testing is done and fetal surveillance through basic prenatal care and ultrasound are done. ...Read more

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I am 13 weeks pregnant and ate queso fresco accidentally last night. What can I do to ensure my baby doesn't contract listeria?

I am 13 weeks pregnant and ate queso fresco accidentally last night.  What can I do to ensure my baby doesn't contract listeria?

Yum yum...: Queso fresco is quite delicious (mexican cheese made from raw milk) and only causes problem if it is contaminated. American cheese is made from pasterized milk, thus less chance of bacterial contamination. Listeria is a serious infection, but rather rare...7/million in us...For now, just monitor closely...If fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea etc..Consult doc...Otherwise, should be ok... Good luck. ...Read more

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I am 6 weeks pregnant. I ate bacon 2 times last week. Could I have listeria?

Probably not: I'm assuming it was cooked and it is very unlikely to contract listeria from properly cooked meats. ...Read more