Food Poisoning Signs and Symptoms
If you eat contaminated food, you increase your chances for getting food poisoning. The severity of the illness depends on what type of bacteria caused your illness. In fact according to WebMD there are over 250 known different diseases that can cause food borne illnesses. If you have ever experienced food poisoning you are probably somewhat aware of the signs and symptoms, but often times people easily mistake food poisoning with the stomach virus. The signs and symptoms of food poisoning can include the following and can range in severity depending on the type of bacteria that you ingested:
- Bloody diarrhea
- Foul smelling stool
- Feeling sick to your stomach
- Stomach cramps
- Body aches
- Joint pain
- Eye irritation
- Difficulty urinating
- Tingling of hands, feet, or your face
If you think you have the signs and symptoms of food poisoning, please seek medical attention immediately to avoid possible complications. By visiting a doctor, you can get the proper treatment. Most doctors can easily determine, by taking a small amount of blood, if your symptoms are bacteria or viral. If you test positive for a bacteria, doctors often will prescribe antibiotics to kill the harmful bacteria in your stomach and intestines.
Do you always follow food safety guidelines at barbecues or celebrations during the summer months?