Food Poisoning and Safe Food Handling - Exams and Tests
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
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
stool culture may be done if your doctor
suspects that you have eaten contaminated food, your symptoms are severe, or
the diagnosis is uncertain.
Blood tests may be done to help
find out whether the food poisoning is caused by bacteria or to rule out other
complete blood count and a
chemistry screen can help show whether you are
severely ill or dehydrated.