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What Does Food Poisoning Feel Like
Can food poisoning feel like flu? Ate food from bowl lots of people touched, next few days body aches/fatigue. I think food was sitting for while too
Doubt food poisoning: Food poisoning is not a likely cause of body aches and fatigue, unless you also have had nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. The shared food with "lots of people" suggests there may have been several people around -- maybe a party? That's a situation very conducive to respiratory infections (colds, influenza, etc), more likely to cause "flu like" symptoms. Anyway, see a doctor if it continues. ...Read more
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
Medical evaluation: It is not normal to have this problem. It is hard to guess what the problem could be. The location of the pain will inform your doctor where the pain might be. if it is in the esophagus, there is usually a swallowing complaint. If it is the gallbladder, you will feel nauseated after eating. if the stomach is obstructing and not emptying symptoms are different. Colon issues different ...Read more
Symptoms?: The flu usually causes fever - food poisoning doesn't. Flu causes muscle aches and headache. Food poisoning doesn't but causes nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. The flu is contagious in the air - other friends/family sick? Food poisoning is clustered around a meal - other people who ate what you ate sick? Food poisoning usually passes in 24-48 hours. Flu may last a week. ...Read more
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
Symptomatically: For the most part. Although some causes of foodborne gastroenteritis should not be treated with anti-diarrheal meds despite diarrhea because shigella and e. Coli o157 can be made worse. Remember some foodborne diseases are not specifically gastrointestinal such as botulism and amnestied shellfish poisoning and scombroid fish poisoning. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fluids, maybe meds: Supportive care, fluids, brat diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, tea), maybe meds. Not always antibiotics; be careful using antidiarrheals-can retain the germ. Probiotics can be helpful. Contact md if prolonged, fever, bleeding, can't keep things down or in. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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