Food poisoning is an illness caused by consuming contaminated, spoiled, or toxic food. The symptoms of food poisoning can vary depending on the type of bacteria, virus, or toxin that has contaminated the food. Some common symptoms include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal cramps and pain
- Fever and chills
- Loss of appetite
Symptoms can appear anywhere from a few hours to several days after eating contaminated food. They can last for a few days or for several weeks, depending on the severity of the case. Most cases of food poisoning can be treated at home with rest and hydration. However, in some cases, food poisoning can lead to serious complications and may require hospitalization.
Food poisoning is often caused by bacteria such as Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria, as well as viruses such as norovirus and hepatitis A. Proper food handling, storage, and preparation can help prevent food poisoning. It’s also important to cook meat and eggs thoroughly, avoid cross-contamination, and to wash fruits and vegetables before eating them.