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Posted in Food Safety on June 30, 2022
Food poisoning is always uncomfortable, but there are times when symptoms may be bad enough to warrant a visit to the doctor or hospital. If you don’t seek the treatment you need, there is a risk of facing long-term complications.
Food poisoning symptoms can worsen and change over time taking anywhere from 30 minutes to over 36 hours to begin after eating contaminated food. A trip to the ER may be in order if your symptoms seem severe. Here are the signs to look out for:
Food poisoning can become dangerous if it leads to severe dehydration or other complications. In these cases, doctors can help you by providing dehydration treatment, antibiotics if necessary, watching for organ complications, and testing your blood and stool to diagnose the infection. If you experience less severe symptoms that persist for more than three days, it is best to see your doctor to rule out any further health concerns.
Food poisoning typically begins with stomach discomfort, such as nausea or cramps. Soon after, you may be running to the bathroom with little warning due to diarrhea and/or vomiting. You can continue to experience these symptoms along with pain in your abdomen, fever, and headache for anywhere between a few hours to several days. However, it is uncommon for vomiting and fever to continue past 24 hours. If these symptoms persist, consider going to the emergency room.
Harmful microbes—viruses, bacteria, or parasites—found in food are the most common causes of food poisoning. Harmful chemicals are also responsible in some cases. Microbes can spread to food at any time. For example, while it is being grown, harvested, or slaughtered, processed, stored, shipped, or prepared. Types of foods that are known for containing microbes include:
When cooking, microbes can easily spread to your hands, cutting boards, kitchen utensils, etc. Raw foods such as chicken, beef, or eggs must remain separate from other foods to avoid cross-contamination. Food poisoning can also occur when food sits out longer than two hours or is not stored properly in the refrigerator or freezer. Additionally, people can spread microbes if they don’t wash their hands after using the restroom, changing a diaper, or before cooking. If you or a loved one suffered from serious complications from ingesting contaminated food, contact a food safety attorney today to explore your legal options for compensation.