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What are the symptoms of food poisoning?

Kelly Snow, RDN
Nutrition & Dietetics
The symptoms of food poisoning include diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever, abdominal pain and cramps. You should see a doctor if you’re having trouble keeping anything down after 24 hours, or beginning to feel dehydrated.
Leigh Vinocur, MD
Emergency Medicine
In general, many of the clinical symptoms of food poisoning are similar; they include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and some times fever. Most healthy individuals usually recover on their own with rest and fluids. However, these infections are more dangerous in individuals with compromised immune systems due to an increased chance that infections will spread from their intestines into the blood stream, and that can be lethal. Those individuals at highest risk for serious illness and/or complications from food poisoning are very young children, pregnant women and the elderly, as well as immune compromised individuals, such as cancer patients on chemotherapy. These severe cases often require hospitalization and intravenous fluids as well as antibiotics therapy.
Ximena Jimenez
Nutrition & Dietetics
The most common symptoms of foodborne illness are diarrhea, fever, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting. To prevent food poisoning, wash hands regularly, cook food to appropriate temperatures, and prevent cross-contamination between raw meats and vegetables by using two different cutting tables.

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