Food poisoning is a disease that can cause nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Food poisoning is caused by eating food that contains germs, such as bacteria, viruses, or parasites. One of the most common causes of food poisoning is norovirus. Two examples of bacteria that are general causes of food poisoning are Salmonella and E. coli. Parasites include tiny worms that people can catch in some countries.
Germs can get in food in numerous ways:
Symptoms can happen right after a person eats the food, or not until days or weeks later. Common symptoms of food poisoning include:
Yes. You can:
your Gastroenterologist if:
Young children and older adults with symptoms should make sure to see their Gastroenterologist. That’s because these groups can get dehydrated more easily.
Many people do not require having tests. But it’s possible that your Gastroenterologist will do tests to check if you are dehydrated or to figure out which germ caused your food poisoning. Your Gastroenterologist might do:
Many people do not need any treatment, because their symptoms will get better on their own. But depending on your situation, your Gastroenterologist might recommend: