A List of Food Poisoning Symptoms

There are few things worse than having a great night out of eating delicious food only to feel extremely sick hours later. Unfortunately this can happen and can be caused by food poisoning. Food poisoning occurs through eating contaminated food that has harmful bacteria or toxins in it. Here are some food poisoning symptoms to watch out for.



Food poisoning symptoms can appear within the hour of consuming the food to possibly days or weeks later. The symptoms themselves may last from a couple of hours to weeks, depending on the severity.

Some of the common symptoms will be:

  • abdominal pain and cramps
  • watery diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • high fever
  • muscle weakness
  • headaches
  • dizziness

It is important to monitor when these symptoms begin, how long they last and how severe they are. Mild symptoms should resolve within 24-48 hours.


Make sure to spend plenty of time resting and drinking fluids. Eat small amounts of food at a time when you have an appetite and stick with simple food such as crackers, soup, rice and other food that is easy to digest.

Those of you who may be pregnant, over the age of 60, known to have a weak immune system or if it happens to a young child, should seek medical attention right away.

If you are having trouble keeping liquids down, experiencing diarrhea for three days or more, or show various signs of dehydration such as muscle paralysis or dry mouth, immediately go to your doctor. Bloody vomit, high fevers and blurred vision are also signs that you need medical attention right away. Any symptoms that last more than 72 hours should be addressed to your local doctor.

Helpful Tips

In order to avoid experiencing any of these food poisoning symptoms, it is important to make sure any meat you cook is thoroughly cooked and reheated properly. Avoid leaving food in warm temperatures for too long as this is where bacteria like to grow. Also, be careful of any cross contamination between food that is in your refrigerator. You can do this by keeping cooked meat away from raw meat.

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