Recognizing Signs of Food Poisoning

Although some types of food poisoning can be fatal, most run their course within a few days. Symptoms usually begin two hours to two days after eating tainted food. Symptoms resemble the flu, including headache, nausea, diarrhea and/or vomiting. While fever is rarely present, high fever may indicate a more serious case of food poisoning. Avoid dehydration by sipping water or diluted juice as soon as vomiting has decreased. If you are unable to tolerate any fluids, or if symptoms continue more than 24 hours, contact your doctor or go to the emergency room.

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