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Here are some basic facts about this disease.

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Food poisoning timeline and when you should see a doctor?

Food poisoning timeline

The food poisoning timeline can begin immediately, especially if it is a chemical contaminant. For bacterial, viral or parasitic agents that cause food poisoning the start of symptoms will vary from a few hours to a few weeks. The CDC provides the following table of some of the possible contaminants, when you might start to feel symptoms and common ways the organism is spread.

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How to report food poisoning and what to do if you have food poisoning

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Report food poisoning at iwaspoisoned.com

If you have food poisoning please report it to IWasPoisoned.com. The vast majority of public health agencies in the United States subscribe, as do health officials in many other countries. Our site is trusted by tens of thousands of people each year who have food poisoning and we have caught many outbreaks as a result.

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What are food poisoning symptoms?

Food poisoning symptoms can depend on a lot of factors

Food poisoning symptoms may range from mild to severe and can differ significantly depending of the contaminant, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The most common symptoms of food poisoning are:

  • Upset stomach
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever

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What is food poisoning?

What is food poisoning

What is food poisoning and how you can get it

Food poisoning is common, costly and preventable. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 6 Americans get sick from eating contaminated food every year.

It can happen after food has been adulterated with physical, chemical and biological contaminants -- or any combination of those. Physical can include such products as rubber or glass; chemical can include such toxins as bleach and mercury; and biological can include many types of bacteria, viruses or parasites.

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Why should I report food poisoning?

Help prevent further incidents of food poisoning.  

Each year, millions of people get food poisoning and thousands die

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How do I stop throwing up from food poisoning?

 

 

To control nausea and vomiting be sure to avoid solid foods until the vomiting ends.  

Taking slow, small sips of liquids can help avoid vomiting and dehydration.

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I ate with others, why don’t we all have the same symptoms?

 

 

How, when, and if you become ill after eating contaminated food will depend on the ‘bug’, but also the amount of exposure, your age, and your health. Food poisoning can be especially dangerous, and even life-threatening, for people with weakened immune systems.

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How long does food poisoning last?

 

 

Often lasting several days, the length of food poisoning will depend on several factors like the kind of bacteria or virus you contracted, and the state of your immune system.

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What are the most common food poisoning ‘bugs’?

 

 

Infectious organisms like bacteria, viruses and parasites are the most common causes of food poisoning.

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How does food poisoning happen?

 

Food poisoning is caused by eating contaminated food that is handled or cooked incorrectly before it reaches your plate.

 

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What helps food poisoning?

 

 

Stay hydrated and replenish the fluids your body is losing to diarrhea or vomiting.

Properly restore electrolytes by drinking beverages like Pedialyte, Ceralyte, or Oralyte to prevent dehydration. Sports drinks like Gatorade should not be used because they do not restore the necessary balance.

If you're able to keep down fluids do, slowly introduce foods that are easy to digest like bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast; commonly referred to as the ‘BRAT’ diet.

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What should I do if I have food poisoning, should I see a doctor?

If you experience symptoms of food poisoning, such as diarrhea or vomiting, drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.

You should seek medical attention from your doctor or healthcare provider if you have symptoms including any of the following:

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Do I have food poisoning?

The most common symptoms of food poisoning include nausea, upset stomach, stomach cramps or abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever.

 

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Food Preparation Safety for Vegetable Dishes

Incorporating vegetables into your diet provides health benefits, especially when you select and prepare them in a safe manner. It is extremely important to add vegetables in your diet because it provides you with nutrients that help you avoid heart disease, stroke, and cancer. To some, eating vegetables help them lose weight.

However, some raw vegetables may have dangerous microorganisms. If food safety procedures are not followed, it can cause food poisoning or worse, viral infections -

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When I was in college, during breaks I was performing asbestos abatement for a private company. I got paid a lot of money however it was grueling work. We would be toiling in our PPE  sweating in 100+heat, in tight and dark spaces, using jackhammers, etc. Once in a while a guy would show up, spend maybe 5 minutes in the danger

                                                   

zone, collect some samples and get back out. I noticed he wore a suit and drove a new BMW. I asked him what he did and he replied he was... 

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Why Report Food Poisoning?

Millions of people get food poisoning every year, and thousands die. The annual economic cost is in the billions.

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Got food poisoning, what do I do ?

Food poisoning often improves without treatment in a few days. During that time you should drink fluids to prevent dehydration. Read more

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Burger King, River Oaks Cove, Georgetown, TX, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea
“My friend and I tried the impossible burger this evening. Shortly after eating it, driving back home I started getting strong stomach cramps. My friend had a loose stomach. I kept getting strong stomach cramps, got nausea and loose stomach. It was definitly the burger.”
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Taco Bell, 6815 Bandera Rd, San Antonio, TX, USA

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Symptoms: Diarrhea Fever Nausea Vomiting
“I ate on Friday, August 23, 2019. I ordered my food through the drive thru at 4:11pm. I ordered a chalupa cravings box with sour cream added to the taco and a cherry sunset frozen drink. I got home around 4:40pm and ate my food and almost immediately began experiencing... See More
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Dominican Republic

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea
“Not sure what made me sick. It started the night before I was leaving. Just extreme diarrhea till the next night. Was only able to drink water my entire flight. My husband was fine. I mostly eat the seafood and omelettes for breakfast. My baby didn’t get sick at all.... See More
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Burger King, 2050 South Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Vomiting Fever Nausea
“A Whopper meal yesterday.  Reported to corporate number, I only bought Whopper meal fir myself. Very dizzy. Clammy & was scary. Could not walk straight.  Stomach upset. Suddenly needed to throw up and alot.    Knew it was the meal..afterwards, I felt slightly better. And went to bed.  Am. Wry weak... See More
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Changi Village Road, Changi Village Hawker Centre, Singapore

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Fever Nausea Vomiting
“I got really sick today 18aug2019 after having my lunch at the above mentioned stall. seems like the stall reuses previous days chicken/oil to fry. was bed ridden since I came home from there only heading to the toilet to vomit.”
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Dairy Queen, Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, MD, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea
“We each had something different: 1. Caramel peanut buster parfait; 2. Peanut butter malted milkshake; 3. Royal Oreo Blizzard. All three of had stomach aches within an hour after eating. Symptoms included diarrhea, nausea, and stomach ache.”
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Trader Joe's, College Avenue, Rockridge, Oakland, CA, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Vomiting
“I ate the pre-made spinach and quinoa salad with carrot dressing for lunch. Later I went to a dinner party. Up all night vomiting. I assume from the salad since nobody else at the dinner party got sick.”
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Papa John's Pizza, West Whittier Boulevard, Montebello, CA, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Vomiting Diarrhea
“It was about two hours after I ate and I started getting sick no one else was eating
I had a large Pizza and an order of breadsticks I ordered this through doordash on September 11th after eating it I slowly got bloated and I didn't know it was wrong... See More
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Arby's, West Craig Road, North Las Vegas, NV, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting
“Ordered a beef gyro and it looked really sloppy but I had already paid for it. After eating it I felt weird but not terrible. It was the last thing I ate around 6:30 pm. By the time I got home at 9 pm I felt uncomfortable and laid down.... See More
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Dairy Queen Grill & Chill, Atlanta Street, Springfield, IL, USA

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Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting
“Went at 1pm on 8/29. I had the honey BBQ chicken strip basket and a blizzard. I became nauseated 5 hours after eating and have had diarrhea and vomiting constantly for the next 12 hours. I am unable to keep any liquids down and have lost 6 lbs in 12... See More
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