Stomach cramps. Vomiting. Diarrhea.
Maybe you have food poisoning.
We’ve all been there. That moment when you start feeling a little dizzy or nauseous, and you know you need to go to the bathroom immediately.
Food poisoning is caused by eating food that has been contaminated. This contamination can be caused by bacteria, parasites, and viruses that are carried by infectious organisms. Symptoms of food poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pains, bloating and weakness. More serious symptoms could include blood or mucus in the stools, weight loss, and fever. In most cases of food poisoning, symptoms will occur as soon as 30-60 minutes after eating the contaminated food, while other times it can take days to feel the effects. There are some kinds of food poisoning with delayed symptoms of a week or more, but these are more rare.
If you are experiencing vomiting and diarrhea as a result of food poisoning, it is important to continue to keep your fluid intake high, since dehydration may occur.
Steps you can take to avoid getting food poisoning include:
- washing your hands thoroughly and often
- cleaning all surfaces on which you prepare or keep food
- using a thermometer when cooking meat to make sure you’re heating it to a safe temperature
- refrigerating perishable foods quickly
There are other conditions that can lead to vomiting and diarrhea that aren’t food poisoning. The most common is gastroenteritis, which is caused by a virus.
If you’re experiencing vomiting or diarrhea, and want a medical professional to diagnose what’s going on, stop by your local vybe urgent care and be seen today.
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