Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Poisoning from Food Symptoms

Symptoms of food poisoning are caused by toxins present in the contaminated food or water. The severity of the symptoms is directly related to the concentration of the toxins in the contaminated food or water. This means that eating a lot of weakly contaminated food can be just as bad as eating as eating a small amount of heavily contaminated food.

Symptoms of food poisoning usually develop within 6 hours of eating the contaminated food. In some cases, the symptoms may not develop for 48 hours.

Symptoms of food poisoning include:

Less common symptoms of food poisoning include:

In food poisoning, the loss of fluid from diarrhea and vomiting may lead to dehydration.

Symptoms of dehydration include:

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Last Updated: Jan 10, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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