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Food poisoning timeline and when you should see a doctor?

Food poisoning timeline

The food poisoning timeline can begin immediately, especially if it is a chemical contaminant. For bacterial, viral or parasitic agents that cause food poisoning the start of symptoms will vary from a few hours to a few weeks. The CDC provides the following table of some of the possible contaminants, when you might start to feel symptoms and common ways the organism is spread.

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How to report food poisoning and what to do if you have food poisoning

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If you have food poisoning please report it to The vast majority of public health agencies in the United States subscribe, as do health officials in many other countries. Our site is trusted by tens of thousands of people each year who have food poisoning and we have caught many outbreaks as a result.

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What are food poisoning symptoms?

Food poisoning symptoms can depend on a lot of factors

Food poisoning symptoms may range from mild to severe and can differ significantly depending of the contaminant, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The most common symptoms of food poisoning are:

  • Upset stomach
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever

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What is food poisoning?

What is food poisoning

What is food poisoning and how you can get it

Food poisoning is common, costly and preventable. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 6 Americans get sick from eating contaminated food every year.

It can happen after food has been adulterated with physical, chemical and biological contaminants -- or any combination of those. Physical can include such products as rubber or glass; chemical can include such toxins as bleach and mercury; and biological can include many types of bacteria, viruses or parasites.

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Why should I report food poisoning?

Help prevent further incidents of food poisoning.  

Each year, millions of people get food poisoning and thousands die

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How do I stop throwing up from food poisoning?



To control nausea and vomiting be sure to avoid solid foods until the vomiting ends.  

Taking slow, small sips of liquids can help avoid vomiting and dehydration.

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I ate with others, why don’t we all have the same symptoms?



How, when, and if you become ill after eating contaminated food will depend on the ‘bug’, but also the amount of exposure, your age, and your health. Food poisoning can be especially dangerous, and even life-threatening, for people with weakened immune systems.

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How long does food poisoning last?



Often lasting several days, the length of food poisoning will depend on several factors like the kind of bacteria or virus you contracted, and the state of your immune system.

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What are the most common food poisoning ‘bugs’?



Infectious organisms like bacteria, viruses and parasites are the most common causes of food poisoning.

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How does food poisoning happen?


Food poisoning is caused by eating contaminated food that is handled or cooked incorrectly before it reaches your plate.


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What helps food poisoning?



Stay hydrated and replenish the fluids your body is losing to diarrhea or vomiting.

Properly restore electrolytes by drinking beverages like Pedialyte, Ceralyte, or Oralyte to prevent dehydration. Sports drinks like Gatorade should not be used because they do not restore the necessary balance.

If you're able to keep down fluids do, slowly introduce foods that are easy to digest like bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast; commonly referred to as the ‘BRAT’ diet.

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What should I do if I have food poisoning, should I see a doctor?

If you experience symptoms of food poisoning, such as diarrhea or vomiting, drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.

You should seek medical attention from your doctor or healthcare provider if you have symptoms including any of the following:

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Do I have food poisoning?

The most common symptoms of food poisoning include nausea, upset stomach, stomach cramps or abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever.


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Food Preparation Safety for Vegetable Dishes

Incorporating vegetables into your diet provides health benefits, especially when you select and prepare them in a safe manner. It is extremely important to add vegetables in your diet because it provides you with nutrients that help you avoid heart disease, stroke, and cancer. To some, eating vegetables help them lose weight.

However, some raw vegetables may have dangerous microorganisms. If food safety procedures are not followed, it can cause food poisoning or worse, viral infections -

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When I was in college, during breaks I was performing asbestos abatement for a private company. I got paid a lot of money however it was grueling work. We would be toiling in our PPE  sweating in 100+heat, in tight and dark spaces, using jackhammers, etc. Once in a while a guy would show up, spend maybe 5 minutes in the danger


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Why Report Food Poisoning?

Millions of people get food poisoning every year, and thousands die. The annual economic cost is in the billions.

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Got food poisoning, what do I do ?

Food poisoning often improves without treatment in a few days. During that time you should drink fluids to prevent dehydration. Read more

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Arby's, West Craig Road, North Las Vegas, NV, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting
“Ordered a beef gyro and it looked really sloppy but I had already paid for it. After eating it I felt weird but not terrible. It was the last thing I ate around 6:30 pm. By the time I got home at 9 pm I felt uncomfortable and laid down.... See More
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“I’d like your professional opinion, ... this 🍔 came out pink & cool in the middle, the cashier said “bro what’s the problem? We made it exactly like you said.” When told it appeared undercooked he laughed & said “I’m not eating it– we did it right.”

Am I wrong?”
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Dairy Queen Grill & Chill, Atlanta Street, Springfield, IL, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting
“Went at 1pm on 8/29. I had the honey BBQ chicken strip basket and a blizzard. I became nauseated 5 hours after eating and have had diarrhea and vomiting constantly for the next 12 hours. I am unable to keep any liquids down and have lost 6 lbs in 12... See More
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Walmart Supercenter, Lexington Road, Athens, Georgia, USA

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Symptoms: Fever Nausea Vomiting
“I eat a spinach salad everyday at lunch time. Roughly 8 hours later I got hit with a bout of food poisoning. This is within the expected incubation time for salmonella. This is not the first time that I've gotten sick from this Marketside spinach product, but it'll be the... See More
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Budapest, W35 BURGER BAR BUDAPEST, Teréz körút, Hungary

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Symptoms: Diarrhea Fever Vomiting
“My friends and I visited on September 14th,2019 for dinner around 9PM. We all ate cheeseburgers and fries. Two of us ordered the lemonades. Around 4:00 AM, we all woke up with stomach pains. We all experienced nausea and diarrhea for several hours. One of us had vomiting several times.”
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McDonald's, Saint Charles Rock Road, St. Louis, MO, USA

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Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting
“Got a couple of hamburgers last night around 1130pm on Aug 23rd. They didn't taste quite right. Sarted feeling nauseated when eating the first one. Felt very queasy and vomited around 5 the next morning. Still vomitting with chills and heat flashes and stomach cramps 4 hours later. Worst experience... See More
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BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse, 1325 Rancho Vista Blvd, Palmdale, CA 93551, USA

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“went to your location today and this is what I bit into... raw chicken and then a waitress who tried to snatch it before I could take a picture and a manager who tried to give a million excuses and didn’t care.”
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Taco Bell, East New Circle Road, Lexington, KY, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea
“Had a power bowl the chicken that is... I noticed mixed in my rice and lettuce and beans was old chicken i mean old. I took pics of da chicken just in case i didn't wake up dis morning. Been running back nd forth to restroom”
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Little Caesars Pizza, Cottage Hill Road, Mobile, AL, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Nausea Vomiting
“Three meat treat, 3 slices, 7pm September 9, 2019. Waited nearly 20min in line and became violently ill around 8:22pm. Went to Walgreens at midnight for Pedialyte and immodium. Never have gotten so sick after eating here until now. Cashier was constantly touching her face. Never saw cook staff.”
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Chick-fil-A, Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance, CA, USA

Report Type: Food Poisoning
Symptoms: Diarrhea Fever Nausea Vomiting
“Three of us ate on 8/24/19 vis the drive thru, (two had nuggets and one had the Spicy Chicken Sandwich. All were sick within 3-5 hours of consuming said products and symptoms are fever, vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea.”
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