The Dangers of Food Poisoning
Food poisoning is very common and happens to people not only here in the US but throughout the entire world. Depending on the type of food poisoning one gets, people even die from it.
There are more than 250 diseases that can cause this type of poisoning but the most common cause is simple bacteria. Here is a look at some of the most common ones.
This bacteria causes one to have acute and sometimes bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping or pain, nausea, vomiting, fever and malaise. People get this bacteria from contaminated food, milk that is not pasteurized and from pets or other animals. More serious conditions such as nerve and brain problems as well as arthritis have occurred after the initial symptoms. This is rare though.
Salmonella is another bacterial infection but we here about this one more often. It generally comes from eating raw or undercooked poultry products or unpasteurized milk but sometimes it can also come from the people preparing the food. Any time food is prepared on the same surfaces that uncooked poultry has been prepared on without the surface having been sterilized first may become tainted with Salmonella.
Some of the symptoms of this type of food poisoning are fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and sometimes vomiting although there are cases where people become carriers but not sick. Salmonella poisoning can also result in a condition called Reiter’s Syndrome which can have symptoms such as pain in the joints, irritation to the eyes and painful urination.
Shigella is one of the more nasty bacteria as it comes from feces. This is why washing your hands after using the restroom is so very important. Symptoms of this type of food poisoning include fever, bloody diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and cramps.
E. coli O157:H7
This is another one that we frequently hear about. According to WebMD each year there are roughly 73,000 cases of this type of food poisoning each year in the US. Causes for this bacteria are things like beef that is not fully cooked or milk that has not been pasteurized. If someone swims in or drinks water that has been contaminated by sewage they can get this type of poisoning.
E. coli poisoning can present as abdominal cramps and bloody diarrhea but also non-bloody diarrhea is present. Infected people may have a fever too. Alternately, there may be not any symptoms at all.
Very rarely this type of food poisoning leads to a condition called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome which is a medical emergency. This condition causes the red blood cells to be killed as well as kidney failure. It can cause death if not treated promptly.
Food poisoning is something that can and probably will affect most of us at least once whether we exhibit symptoms or not. Most of the time, the effects will go away on their own within 3 – 5 days. If it is a serious case, then there may be lasting effects and even death. If you think you have gotten food poisoning, see a doctor now.