Types Of Food Poisoning

As I said earlier, most of the food poisoning is caused by the harmful germs like bacteria, viruses and parasites. There are different kinds of germs that cause several types of food poisoning differing from each other in nature, symptoms, intensity and effects. However, the food poisoning is categorized into two. They are:

Food infection: Food infection is defined as the illness which occurs due to consumption of a contaminated food. The food gets contaminated when the microorganisms grow into pathogenic organisms within the food. Bacteria, viruses and parasites cause food infection.

food poisoning treatment: food infectionFood intoxication: Food intoxication occurs when the toxins which are present in a food enter the body after the consumption. When atmosphere is good for specific bacteria types like Staphylococcus, Clostridium Botulinum, they release certain toxins which are basically chemical compounds. The scariest thing is, even if the germs that release toxins are absent in food or unable to infect, still food intoxication will occur.

food poisoning treatment: food intoxicationNow, you have understood the types of food poisoning. From next posts in this blog, you will become familiar with the germs which cause food poisoning.

The Common Symptoms Of Food Poisoning

food poisoning symtomsThere are several symptoms which indicate the possibilities of food poisoning. However, a food    poisoning victim shows few symptoms only. The timings, at which the symptoms occur, vary depending on the type of food contamination as well as the immune system of the affected person.

The intensity of symptoms varies in a person depending on his/her age, immune system, health status, the way of exposure to that ailment and the body status. Normally in children, elders, pregnant women and the people who are under certain types of medication are very vulnerable to food poisoning.

I have listed the following symptoms which are commonly seen in food poisoning victims. They are:

1. Nausea
2. Vomiting
3. Loss of appetite
4. Diarrhea
5. Dehydration
6. Fever
7. Cramps and pain in stomach area
8. Fainting
9. Headache
10. Numbness or tingling sensation in the arms, legs or mouth
11. Dizziness
12. Depression
13. Weakness
14. Heart beating at brisk rate

When the person suffers from severe food poisoning, he will display the following symptoms which will last for more than 48 hours even after treating with home remedies. They are:

Fever of severe type with or without shivers or chills
Severe type diarrhea resulting in loss of fluids in large quantity
Stools mixed with blood or pus
Extreme level of dehydration

If these symptoms occur, then that person should immediately go to a nearby hospital or a doctor to get the proper treatment for food poisoning.

The Common Causes For Food Poisoning

There are many things which cause food poisoning. Whatever the cause may be, the affected person will spend few painful hours of his/her life because of food poisoning. Anyway, the main cause for this ailment is the negligence. The other causes are listed below.

food poisoning treatment: contaminated food

food poisoning treatment: toxic food1. Presence of bacteria, viruses or parasites in food or water
2. Preparation of food in an unhygienic condition
3. Improper methods to store the foods in refrigerator such as raw meat without a proper covering
4. Foods contaminated by animals during the process of preparation or packing or harvesting
5. Contaminated produce
6. Undercooked foods especially raw meats, seafood and poultry products
7. Presence of toxic elements in food like poisonous mushrooms
8. Presence of pesticides on fruits and vegetables which are not cleaned well
9. Exposure of wounds or infections of food makers to foods
10. Leaving prepared foods in the open atmosphere and temperature for a long time
11. Unpasteurized dairy products

Keep in mind that any one of the above given causes is enough to trigger food poisoning. Hence, you must be very careful while purchasing, preparing, serving and having food. You know the saying, “prevention is better than cure”. You can easily prevent food poisoning by taking certain precautions which you will know later.

Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is an illness which occurs due to the consumption of a contaminated food. A food gets contaminated when it is processed or packed or prepared in unhygienic conditions. Serving food without any precautionary measure can also lead to food poisoning.

food poisoning treatmentThe symptoms or effects are usually not severe but can be fatal if proper treatment is not provided at the right time. In US itself around 76 million food poisoning cases are reported every year.

Most of the countries around the world have made strict laws and regulations regarding food manufacturing, supply and preparation. Yet, the cases of food poisoning are rising in numbers.