Food poisoning is a distressing and sometimes life-threatening problem for millions of people every year. Food poisoning, also called food-borne illness, is an illness caused by eating contaminated food. People infected with foodborne organisms may be symptom-free or may have symptoms ranging from mild intestinal discomfort to severe dehydration and bloody diarrhea. Depending on the type of infection, people can die as a result of food poisoning.
According to WebMD, more than 250 different diseases can cause food poisoning. Some of the most common diseases are infections caused by bacteria, such as Campylobacter, Salmonella, Shigella, E. coli, Listeria, and botulism.
What causes Food poisoning?
Harmful bacteria are the most common cause of food poisoning, but other causes include viruses, parasites, toxins and contaminants Infectious organisms or their toxins can contaminate food at any point during its processing or production. Contamination can also occur at home if food is incorrectly handled or cooked.
Food poisoning symptoms
Food poisoning symptomsoften include (but are not limited to):
- Abdominal cramps
- Irregular bowel movements
These symptons can start just hours after eating contaminated food. Most often, food poisoning is mild and resolves without treatment. But some cases are severe, requiring hospitalization, and sometimes resulting in death.
Long-Term Effects of Food poisoning
www.foodsafety.gov says that one in six Americans will get sick from food poisoning this year. Most of them will recover without any lasting effects from their illness. For some, however, the effects can be devastating and even deadly.
Serious long-term effects associated with several common types of food poisoning include:
- Kidney failure
- Chronic arthritis
- Brain and nerve damage
If you suspect you may have food poisoning, it is important to take care of yourself and seek medical attention immediately. Have medical professionals help you in identifying the source of your illness. To assist in this process, it's important to document and report any foods you have consumed and any places you have gone for food, particularly if you have tried something new or found a new source of food.
Contact the experienced and knowledgeable food poisoning attorneys at the Law Office of Kevin P. Gallagher so you and your family can get help coping with the difficulties caused by food poisoning.
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