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

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.

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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...

What are the flu and food poisoning?

Virus and multiple. Causes. Flu is caused by the influenza virus. Food poisoning may be due to bacterial, viral and parasitic infections, preformed toxins, e.g., staphylococcal toxin, botulism; chemical contaminants and food intolerance. Read more...

What's the difference between flu and food poisoning?

Much. ''flu'' is a meaningless term; tummy flu; respiratory flu. Stop 2 completely different organ systems. If i get thee, one and the same. Tainted food eaten. About 4 to 12 hours coming coming-u r infectious so wash your hands; intestinal spasms, vomiting, diarrhea for 36 hrs-remenber our cleanliness pledge. If greater, this is for md. Read more...

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...

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...

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...

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...