Food poisoning, also called food-borne illness, is a broad term that includes a range of infections as a consequence of eating contaminated, spoiled, or toxic food. Unfortunately it’s a very common problem, and according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) one in six Americans will contract some form of food poisoning every year.
The symptoms and their severity may vary widely depending on the agent that is causing the problem (whether bacteria, virus, or parasite), and the immune system’s capacity to fight the infection.
However, it is important to know that despite the wide range of causes, the patient presents the following symptoms in most cases of food poisoning:
This is a symptom may start as early as 1 hour after eating the poisoned food. It also indicates stomach disease and it helps to eject the poisoned food out of the body.
During vomiting, different involuntary spasmodic movements occur in the gastrointestinal tract, which induces the output of the stomach contents. If the patient has uncontrolled vomiting and the inability to keep liquids down, it is very important to consult a doctor.
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