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Knowing When It’s Food Poisoning

shutterstock_522299173Sabra hummus has been recalled. Anyone who has any of the popular food item in the refrigerator should check the manufactured date. Any container manufactured before November 8, 2016 should be thrown away due to the possibility of listeria contamination. Recalls like this tend to bring up food poisoning in the minds of the public.

If you have dealt with food poisoning before, you know the feeling. The stomach cramps, the nausea and even the chills can all have you bed ridden. If you’ve never dealt with food poisoning, it’s very easy to confuse with the flu. Here is what you should know.

Most people know when the flu is coming on. They start to feel “off” before the symptoms finally hit. For others, they go to bed feeling fine and wake up feeling quite ill. Food poisoning, on the other hand, typically hits within a few hours of eating the tainted food, and it hits hard.

Symptoms of Food Poisoning

The symptoms of food poisoning can vary depending on the source of the poisoning or contamination. Most cases have symptoms that are at least similar or typical. These symptoms are:

  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain and cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Watery diarrhea
  • Fever

While most cases of food poisoning seem to come on suddenly, some may not occur for days or weeks, making it easier to confuse with the flu. This normally depends on the type of bacteria that was introduced into the system due to the contaminated food.

Symptoms of food poisoning can last for only a few hours or for several days. Again, this depends on the type of bacteria that was introduced. Because most cases of food poisoning resolve on their own, there are instances that require medical attention.

When to Seek a Doctor’s Attention

Some bacteria, such as listeria, can be serious. Because it is difficult to know what has been consumed, people should rely on their symptoms when deciding when to seek medical attention. You should see a doctor if you have:

  • Inability to keep liquids down
  • Frequent vomiting
  • Diarrhea that lasts for more than three days
  • Extreme abdominal cramps
  • A temperature higher than 101.5 F
  • Signs of dehydration
  • Blurry vision, tingling in the arms or other neurological symptoms

Food poisoning is caused by contamination of some type. Food may be contaminated in the manufacturing process or in your own kitchen. When harmful organisms aren’t removed from food during the cooking process or contaminated foods are eaten raw, food poisoning can occur.

If you believe that you or a loved one has been sickened by food poisoning in Charlotte, you may have the basis for a lawsuit. A contaminated food product could be considered defective and you may be able to seek compensation for medical bills and more. If you have suffered food poisoning due to the error or neglect of a manufacturer or store, we are here to help you. Call our office today and schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation. You may also choose to browse our website for more information about our firm and the types of cases we handle.

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