Food Poisoning

Have you ever eaten something from a restaurant or convenience store and then got tremendously ill? Unfortunately, most people have. Food poisoning usually occurs when harmful bacteria, parasites, and other infectious organisms make their home in cold or under-cooked meats and meal, but can also be transmitted through the water as well. There are numerous types of food poisoning such as:


  • E. Coli
  • Listeria
  • Salmonella

Salmonella most frequently results from consumption of raw, under-cooked meat, unwashed vegetables, and milk products. Some symptoms of Salmonella are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Cramping
  • Fever

If you suspect that you have Salmonella, you should visit your medical practitioner or go to the infirmary to get tested as well as get treated for it. Salmonella is hazardous and can lead to dehydration. Salmonella generally lasts more than four days, but less than 7 and people usually recover from it on their own. It is crucial that you always cook your meat all the way through until the meat is no longer red in the middle. Furthermore, always remember to wash your vegetables and pay attention to any instructions on raw food packages.


E. Coli

Another variant of food-borne illness that is well-known is E. Coli. E. Coli is generally spread by contact with human and animal feces.
This is a large reason that most businesses have signs telling their employees and customers to always wash their hands carefully before returning to work or eating. Some of the more extreme types of E. Coli infections can be fatal, while some of the minor ones normally have very few symptoms and usually resolve themselves quickly. If you suspect that you have contracted an extreme
food-borne sickness such as E. Coli, you should go to the doctor immediately. Some common symptoms of E. Coli are:

  • Diarrhea, bloody or watery stools
  • Nausea
  • Cramping
  • Gas
  • Bloating

While vomiting is not common with this food-borne illness, it has been reported in the more extreme instances and needs to be treated before it gets bad, and you get dehydrated. Likewise, if you suffer from bloody diarrhea, you also need to be treated because it is more common with the serious strains of E. Coli.


Listeria is one of the most severe types of food poisoning, which can be potentially deadly if the infection gets into your neural system.
Listeria is caused by eating contaminated food. Some mild symptoms of Listeria are:

  • Muscle pain
  • Fever

While the severe symptoms can include neurological problems
such as:

  • Seizures
  • Balance Issues
  • Intense migraines
  • Stiff neck

What do you do if you get food poisoning?

3Most of the time you can just wait for the illness out unless you feel that you may have contracted a serious strain of food poisoning. If you feel dehydrated or have uncontrollable vomiting, you should seek help promptly to make positive that you do not develop life-threatening symptoms.

You should eat soft foods such as bananas and saltine crackers and drink beverages with no caffeine such as Sprite, Pedialyte, and Gatorade. Additionally, you should eat and drink very slowly. If you are vomiting or have diarrhea, you should try to get beverages high in electrolytes to replace the electrolytes that you are losing. You can prevent contracting food poisoning by merely washing your hands and making positive your meals are cooked through before you eat them.