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How Long Does Food Poisoning Lasts?

Food Poisoning is an illness caused by the contamination of food with bacteria, fungi, or other food toxins. Most food poisonings are mild and can be cured without treatment via adequate hydration, as it is one of the most important aspects. 

    The symptoms can be self-diagnosed which usually includes, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea. The sickness generally lasts from few hours to several days. 

When to rush to the hospital?

Symptoms are which one should seek medical help. 

  1. Bloody diarrhea and vomiting.  
  2. Frequent vomiting
  3. High fever 
  4. Extreme abdominal cramps
  5. Dehydration
  6. No liquid flush out
  7. Dizziness 
  8. Blurry vision 

What leads to food poisoning? 

The significant reason for food poisoning is the contamination of food. Food contamination can be a home where hygiene and cleanliness are not maintained. This is havoc for raw and ready-to-eat foods like salads, as they are not cooked and consumed as such, and they become home to pathogenic bacteria and other parasites.  


MICROORGANISM SOURCESYMPTOMSDURATION OF ILLNESSPREVENTION 
Bacillus cereus 

Rice and leftovers, sauce, soups, and other leftover food

  • watery diarrhea
  • nausea and vomiting 
24 hours
  • store cooked food in a wide, shallow container. 
  • keep hot foods hot, and cold foods cold if the food needed to be stored longer than 2 hours. 
Campylobacter raw milk, chicken, turkey, contaminated water. 
  • diarrhea
  • abdominal cramps. 
  • fever
1 week 
  • Raw milk should not be consumed. 
  • untreated water should not be consumed. 
E.coli 
  • undercook ground beef, raw milk, raw fruits and vegetables, other leafy greens, and sprouts. 
  • feces of infected people. 
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • stomach pain
  • decreased urination or dark-colored urination. 
5 to 10 days
  • a food thermometer should be used to ensure the ground beef has reached a safe temperature of 344k. 
  • maintaining proper sanitation while cooking, after diapering infants, or cleaning pets. 
Norovirus shellfish, ready-to-eat food touched by infected workers, salads, sandwiches, etc. watery diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain. vomiting is most common in children. 1 to 3 days. in case of severe illness it can last up to 4 to 6 days. 
  • maintaining proper sanitation everywhere. 
  • if infected, preparing food should not be entertained. 
Salmonella 
  • vegetables, chicken, pork, fruits, nuts, eggs, beef, and sprouts. 
  • Reptiles, amphibians, pet food, and treat. 
diarrhea, fever, stomach cramps, vomiting 4 to 7 days
  • avoid eating high-risk food like partially raw eggs, undercooked beef or poultry, or raw meat. 
  • maintaining proper sanitation in food or treats. 


Blog By - Ashima Verma 


 



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