Food Poisoning

Food Poisoning

Postby Utte on 17 Dec 2012, 20:26

Food poisoning is a common infection that affects millions of people in the United States each year. Most commonly, patients complain of vomiting, diarrhea, and crampy abdominal pain. :idea: :idea:
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Re: Food Poisoning

Postby Sally on 17 Dec 2012, 20:29

People should seek medical care if they have an associated fever, blood in their stool, signs and symptoms of dehydration, or if their symptoms do not resolve after a couple of days. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Food Poisoning

Postby Donat on 17 Dec 2012, 20:31

Treatment focuses on keeping the patient well hydrated. Most cases of food poisoning resolve on their own. Prevention is key and depends upon keeping food preparation areas clean, good hand washing, and cooking foods thoroughly. :? :? :? :? :?
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Re: Food Poisoning

Postby Alex31 on 17 Dec 2012, 20:32

Food poisoning might be described as a food borne disease. Food that contains a toxin, chemical or infectious agent (like a bacterium, virus, parasite, or prion) and cause symptoms in the body are considered types of food poisoning by most investigators. :arrow: :arrow: :?
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Re: Food Poisoning

Postby Emma on 17 Dec 2012, 20:33

Those symptoms may be related only to the gastrointestinal tract causing vomiting or diarrhea or may involve other organs such as the kidney, brain or muscle. :P :P :oops: :oops: :geek:
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Re: Food Poisoning

Postby Utte on 17 Dec 2012, 20:36

Typically most food borne diseases cause vomiting and diarrhea that tend to be short lived and resolve on their own, but dehydration and electrolyte abnormalities may develop. :P :P :P
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Re: Food Poisoning

Postby Sally on 17 Dec 2012, 20:37

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 76 million people become ill from food related diseases each year resulting in 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths. :cry: :cry:
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Re: Food Poisoning

Postby Donat on 17 Dec 2012, 20:46

Most frequently, food poisoning may be due to infection caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, and infrequently, prions. More than 200 infectious causes exist. :roll: :roll: :roll:
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Re: Food Poisoning

Postby Alex31 on 17 Dec 2012, 20:47

Sometimes it is not the bacteria that causes the problem but the toxin that bacteria produce in the food before it is eaten. This is the case with Staphylococcal food poisoning and with botulism. :lol: :D :D
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Re: Food Poisoning

Postby Emma on 17 Dec 2012, 20:48

Other illnesses may involve chemical toxins that are produced in certain foods that are poorly cooked or stored. For example, scombroid poisoning occurs due to a large release of histamine chemical from the fish when it is eaten. :P :P :P :P
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