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Is there a difference between food poisoning and gastroenteritis?

Is there a difference between food poisoning and gastroenteritis?

Yes: Food poisoning occurs from food or water that contains bacteria, parasites, viruses, or toxins made by these germs. Most cases are caused by common bacteria such as Staphylococcus or E. coli. Common gastroenteritis is typically a viral vomiting and diarrheal illness not related to contaminated food. Food poisoning results in a gastroenteritis but all gastroenteritis does not come from bad food. ...Read more

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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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What's the difference between the stomach flu and food poisoning?

What's the difference between the stomach flu and food poisoning?

Depends: They both are general terms to describe one of many infections, but basically stomach flu is a viral illness that lasts for a few days. Food poising is usually bacterial, more severe, and more dangerous. ...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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Is food poisoning the leading cause of gastroenteritis?

No: A large collection of viruses called enteroviruses target the intestinal tract & are the most common cause of gastroenteritis. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with ibs recently because had gastroenteritis 3 months ago through food poisoning I'm taking the ib s medication but noises still?

I've been diagnosed with ibs recently because had gastroenteritis 3 months ago through food poisoning I'm taking the ib s medication but noises still?

Irritable bowel: There is no instant treatment for IBS. Symptoms will vary from day to day. Use medication, meditation, diet and exercise to help manage symptoms. ...Read more

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Can loperamide be taken for gastroenteritis? (Viral or food poisoning). Or will it make the illness worse?

Can loperamide be taken for gastroenteritis? (Viral or food poisoning). Or will it make the illness worse?

It can: In acute diarrhea and vomiting, loperamide is not a good choice. The intestines react too strongly too meds,and the loperamide can actually completely stop bowel motion. . . everything then just stops working! Not good. Try Pepto-bismol or kaopectate (kaolin and pectin) and gas-x and a bland diet (no caffeine, vitamin C or spicy, greasy foods till better. I am one of those that say to stay away from dairy, too. ...Read more

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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

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Are food poisoning and stomach flu the same thing?

Are food poisoning and stomach flu the same thing?

Not really: Stomach flu is related to viruses that can be transmitted by eating contaminated food or water or personal contact with other people who are ill. Foodborne illness ( food poisoning is another term for this) occurs as a direct result of ingesting contaminated food or fluids. Toxins are produced by the parasites, viruses or bacteria, . ...Read more

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What would you do to decide if you have the stomach flu or food poisoning?

What would you do to decide if you have the stomach flu or food poisoning?

Difficult: Both have almost the same symptoms. In food poisoning, the symptoms start few hours after eating causative food. ...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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How can I tell if I have food poisoning or a stomach flu?

How can I tell if I have food poisoning or a stomach flu?

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. ...Read more

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How would I know if my child has food poisoning vs. Stomach flu?

How would I know if my child has food poisoning vs. Stomach flu?

Very tough: Unless you know the suspected food and are able to test it, or there is an outbreak with an epidemiological analysis it may be very hard to determine the source of self-limited nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. On the other hand if your child has fever, other symptoms outside the GI tract, they probably have a viral illness, although not necessarily influenza. ...Read more

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How does a doctor diagnose food poisoning or stomach flu?

How does a doctor diagnose food poisoning or stomach flu?

Symptoms: It is often obvious by the history and the symptoms. The flu usually lasts longer. Food poisoning is usually short lived. Both need rest and hydration. ...Read more

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How often would expat get the stomach flu as opposed to food poisoning in china?

How often would expat get the stomach flu as opposed to food poisoning in china?

No idea: I do not imagine the actual frequency of "food poisoning" in china is known, but the term is so vague that it could refer to any of several dozen conditions. Viruses which affect the GI tract are extremely common, including influenza, which may produce GI symptoms. My guess is that this would be far more common than illnesses transmitted through food, but have no data to support that opinion. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I had food poisoning or the stomach flu? Also can I reinfect myself ? (I didn't take any antibiotics)

How can I tell if I had food poisoning or the stomach flu? Also can I reinfect myself ? (I didn't take any antibiotics)

Gastroenteritis: You usually don't reinfect yourself with the same bug. I don't know exactly what you mean by stomach flu but most gastroenteritis resolve on their own, we just have to make sure that we stay well hydrated during the episode. If diarrhea persists for a long period of time or if there is fever or blood, make sure to consult with your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. David Cohen
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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 "stomach flu" viruses. It is contagious, and usually resolves without treatment except for over-the-counter Pedialyte or other ...Read more