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Food Poisoning
Summary: Food poisoning is an illness caused by eating contaminated food. Most people get better without the need for treatment. In most cases, food that causes food poisoning is contaminated by bacteria, such as salmonella or Escherichia coli (E. coli), or a virus, such as the norovirus. The symptoms of food poisoning usually begin within one to two days of eating contaminated food, although they may start at any point between a few hours and several weeks later.. They include:
  • feeling sick (nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea, which may contain blood or mucus
  • stomach cramps and abdominal (tummy) pain
In most cases, these symptoms will pass in a few days and you will make a full recovery. You should contact your GP if:
  • your symptoms are severe – for example, if you're unable to keep down any fluids because you are vomiting repeatedly
  • your symptoms don't start to improve after a few days
  • you have symptoms of severe dehydration, such as confusion, a rapid heartbeat, sunken eyes and passing little or no urine
  • your baby or young child has suspected food poisoning
Language: English
Format: Online Resource
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Publisher: the NHS website

Last updated: 16/11/2018