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How can you tell the difference between food poisoning and the flu?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Poison v. flu

Most food poisoning is acute and relates to the ingestion of a spoiled or toxic food minutes to hours prior to the symptoms which mostly are gastrointestinal.
Botulinum causes its own special systemic paralytic poisoning. The flu is upper respiratory causing nasal discharge, fever, coughing, sore throat and so on. It is of slow onset and worsens over a 3-4 day interval before abating.

In brief: Poison v. flu

Most food poisoning is acute and relates to the ingestion of a spoiled or toxic food minutes to hours prior to the symptoms which mostly are gastrointestinal.
Botulinum causes its own special systemic paralytic poisoning. The flu is upper respiratory causing nasal discharge, fever, coughing, sore throat and so on. It is of slow onset and worsens over a 3-4 day interval before abating.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Satyanarayan Hegde
Pediatrics - Pulmonology

In brief: Difference

Food poisoning typically causes stomach upset with vomiting and /or diarrhea.
Flu causes fever, headache, muscle ache and fatigue.

In brief: Difference

Food poisoning typically causes stomach upset with vomiting and /or diarrhea.
Flu causes fever, headache, muscle ache and fatigue.
Dr. Satyanarayan Hegde
Dr. Satyanarayan Hegde
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