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Food poisoning or stomach flu, how to tell?

Food poisoning or stomach flu, how to tell?

Usually in...: Retrospect. Food poisoning will affect multiple people, but only those who ate the same food. Gastroenteritis will hit multiple people, going from one to the other. Food poisoning is usually not passed from person-to-person. ...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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Stomach trouble that maybe food poisoning or stomach flu. How to tell for sure?

Stomach trouble that maybe food poisoning or stomach flu. How to tell for sure?

Food poisoning / flu: Food poisoning & 'stomach flu' both irritate the stomach lining & produce similar symptoms. Initial treatment is the same - primarily hydration. Drink clear liquids for the first 24 hours, rest and avoid eating regular food until regular liquids and soft bland foods are tolerated. If significant fever, weakness , dehydration of blood occur, or if symptoms persist, should see a doctor. ...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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How can you tell between the flu or food poisoning?

How can you tell between the flu or food poisoning?

Difficult : If you have an obvious risky food exposure with other sick contacts then food posioning would be more likely. Otherwise very difficult to differentiate the two, though the flu may have more systemic sx such as muscle aches and pains. ...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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Food poisoning or appendicitis, how to tell?

Food poisoning or appendicitis, how to tell?

Diarrhea: FP will have violent emesis and diarrhea, and will last a short period, perhaps 6-10 hrs. Appendicitis does not include diarrhea, the mild nausea and occasional vomiting can be seen. Usually early pain around umbilicus, which then moves to Right lower quadrant. An easy difference to spot. Good luck. ...Read more

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How does food poisoning work? How long after eating contaminated food would one suffer from the symptoms of food poisoning? What are the symptoms of food poisoning?

How does food poisoning work? How long after eating contaminated food would one suffer from the symptoms of food poisoning? What are the symptoms of food poisoning?

Food : Food poisoning is a common condition that results in more than 75 million episodes occur annually in the United States. Close to one in five episodes of diarrhea is likely to be due to a food-borne disease. This means that the average person in the United States will have a food-borne illness once every three to four years. Fortunately, most people recover from an episode of food-borne illness without any long-term complications. The symptoms of food poisoning include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain (often aching or colicky in nature), diarrhea (which may be watery or bloody), fevers and very rarely blurry vision or tingling in arms. Food poisoning can be caused by a wide variety of bacteria, viruses and toxins. Some of the most common causes include e.Coli, salmonella, hepatitis a, norovirus and listeria. Since each of these bacteria or viruses have different pathogenic mechanisms, the onset of symptoms after ingestion can widely vary. In some instances, symptoms can start within minutes of ingestion (e.g. If the food ingested contains pre-formed toxins that have been produced by bacteria) and in others, symptoms may take days to develop as bacteria first have to grow within the gastrointestinal tract. ...Read more

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How you tell difference from pregnant symptoms and food poisoning?

How you tell difference from pregnant symptoms and food poisoning?

Timing: If you eat a food and get sick then thats usually food poisoning if you get sick without eating then that could be morning sickness of course sometimes you cannot tell since you get sick after eating and it was morning sickness. ...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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How long after eating tainted food could I get sick from food poisoning?

How long after eating tainted food could I get sick from food poisoning?

The meal after next: Food can go bad from a number of germs, which have onset of varying times. A rule of thumb I use is the meal after next-of you ate something bad for breakfast you will have diarrhea around dinner-time. ...Read more

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Can you get food poisoning from chili?

Can you get food poisoning from chili?

Yes: Food poisoning can come from any food item. All it takes is enough bacteria to accumulate in the food so that when we eat it our bodies become ill. Generally our bodies will recover in a short period - days to weeks. (but, those can be some pretty miserable days!) use care when storing food or eating/reheating leftovers. ...Read more

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How do you stop diarrhea from food poisoning?

How do you stop diarrhea from food poisoning?

Depends on type of: Food poisoning. Toxic type poisoning, e.g. From staphylococcal toxin are usually self limited, those due to infection vary in their course. If you have had diarrhea for three or more days, it would be prudent to see your doctor. You may try an anti-motility over the counter drug such as immodium. See this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/food-poisoning/food-poisoning. ...Read more

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How to get rid of stomach aches from mexican food?

How to get rid of stomach aches from mexican food?

Avoid it: Many people can't tolerate peppers. Some can take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) or similar to ease the discomfort. ...Read more

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How to get food poisoning?

Food Poisoning: Food poisoning can be caused by bacteria (E.coli, Listeria monocytogenes, Shigells, Staphylococcus Aureus, C. botulinum, Clostridium perfingens, V. cholerae, C. jenui.), viruses ((Norovirus, Rotovirus and Hepatitis A)& toxins in food Ciguatera in tropical fish that have eaten toxic plankton, Shellfish fed on toxic algae, Scromboid in poorly refrigerated dark meat fish,Puffer fish. Some mushrooms > ...Read more

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What to take for food poisoning that's causing vomiting?

What to take for food poisoning that's causing vomiting?

Prevent Dehydration: You need to prevent dehydration by drinking fluids containing electrolytes and if the vomiting does not stop.You need to take some meds to dtop the vomiting, .If nothing works go to the er you will need IV fluids. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between stomach flu and food poisoning?

I want to know what is the difference between stomach flu and food poisoning?

Stomach flu is one: Type of food poisoning. There are multiple causes of food poisoning and each has different manifestations. Please see this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/food-poisoning/food-poisoning. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how salmonella and food poisoning differ?

Can you please tell me how salmonella and food poisoning differ?

Salmonella is one: Type of food posioning; others are preformed toxins such as staphylococcal toxin, boulism; other bugs such as shigella and chemical contaminants. ...Read more

Stomach Flu (Definition)

Viral gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces and foods that are carrying the virus. Symptoms include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Sometimes ...Read more


Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

A condition in which a person has vomiting and diarrhea due to an infection with a "stomach flu" virus. It is contagious, and usually resolves without treatment except for over-the-counter remedies or ...Read more