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What should you expect when you get food poisoning?

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When you have food poisoning, the first thing you want is relief. Your symptoms depend on what caused you to get sick, but you usually have diarrhea, throwing up, and an upset stomach at the least. It’s no fun, but it’s how your body tries to kick out the toxins and get you better.

You usually get it from eating food or drinking water that is contaminated with bacteria, viruses, parasites, or toxins created from these. While some cases last longer, it’s usually gone within a few days.

There’s not a whole lot you can do except stay near a bathroom and ride it out, but you can take some steps to support yourself as you recover.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Food Poisoning,” “Food-borne Illness: First Aid.”

NIH: “Why is the neurobiology of nausea and vomiting so important?”

NHS: “Food Poisoning.”

Poison Control: “Food Poisoning.”

KidsHealth: “Food Poisoning,” “Gastrointestinal Infections and Diarrhea,” “Basic Blood Tests.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Food Poisoning.”

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on April 3, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Food Poisoning,” “Food-borne Illness: First Aid.”

NIH: “Why is the neurobiology of nausea and vomiting so important?”

NHS: “Food Poisoning.”

Poison Control: “Food Poisoning.”

KidsHealth: “Food Poisoning,” “Gastrointestinal Infections and Diarrhea,” “Basic Blood Tests.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Food Poisoning.”

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on April 3, 2019

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