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Symptoms of Food Poisoning

"Food Poisoning" is a catch-all term that can refer to a bacterial or viral infection borne from eating contaminated or poorly stored/handled foods or drinks. It also refers to illnesses that result from consuming toxic compounds, such as mushroom poisons, pesticides, and even allergens.

Given that so many diverse pathogens and agents can cause problems, "food poisoning" symptoms also tend to be quite diverse. That said, here are some general signs that something you have eaten may have made you ill:

  • Cramping in your abdomen
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea/loose stool
  • Headache
  • Exhaustion
  • "Flu-like" symptoms
  • Loss of appetite
  • Rash

Variations in symptoms

In certain cases, affected individuals can develop symptoms as soon as half an hour after eating a bad food. In other cases, symptoms can take several days to "emerge" as significant. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that many food-borne pathogens create symptoms that mirror influenza symptoms. Thus, you may think that what you have is the flu but in reality, you have been poisoned by your food.

Different agents cause different food poisoning symptoms

Rotaviruses, for instance, associate with fever and watery diarrhea. Noroviruses, such as common cruise ship illnesses, tend to cause fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, and cramping in the abdomen. Hepatitis A - another viral agent responsible for many food poisonings - leads to appetite suppression, fatigue, and jaundice.

Bacterial agents also lead to different symptoms. Bacillus Cereus, a kind of bacteria often found on fried rice and "turned" starches, leads to significant vomiting quickly as well as abdominal pain and diarrhea. Salmonella poisoning - often caused by "turned" seafood, dairy, eggs, and poultry - leads to headaches, nausea, diarrhea and even arthritic joint pain, which can reemerge days or even weeks after initial symptoms have subsided.

How to respond to symptoms?

Other than getting quick and comprehensive medical care from an appropriate physician, you might also track your symptoms in written form. Or, if you are too ill, deputize someone to write down your symptoms for you. Not only can this help you and your physician figure out exactly what happened to you, but it can also be used to determine precisely what made you ill in the first place and who might be to blame.

If some person or a company (such as a restaurant or a grocery store) caused or even contributed to a significant case of food poisoning, you may have legal recourse against the careless or negligent party. The San Jose food poisoning attorneys at Caputo & Van Der Walde, LLP can help. Dial (877) 862-6288 today. Caputo & Van Der Walde, LLP can provide a free and confidential evaluation of your case.

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