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Food Poisoning and Safe Food Handling - Exams and Tests

Most food poisoning is mild and passes in a few days, so most people don't go to a doctor for a diagnosis. You can often diagnose food poisoning yourself if others who ate the same food as you also become ill.

If you do go to your doctor, he or she will make the diagnosis based on your symptoms, a physical exam, and your medical history. Your doctor will ask where you have been eating and whether anyone who ate the same food has the same symptoms.

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Sometimes the following tests are done:

Your doctor may need to report your condition to the health department. This is done to help the government track the condition and identify possible outbreaks.

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Last Updated: October 18, 2012
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