Stomach Bug vs. Food Poisoning.

When we start getting the pangs of a stomach ache, how are we to discern whether it is caused by a stomach bug or if it is the result of food poisoning? Since they are caused by two different problems, their symptoms slightly differ.

The stomach bug is caused by virus, commonly called the “GI Bug” attacks the host’s intestine. Some of the symptoms include;

  • Watery diarrhea.

  • Nausea/vomiting.
  • Abdominal cramping.
  • Fever.
  • Muscle aches.
  • Headache.

The symptoms do not appear for one to two days are the virus is present and normally symptoms persist for around for one to two days but it can linger for ten days. Healing takes a lot of rest, increasing fluid intake and avoiding the consumption of dairy products, caffeine, and spicy and greasy foods.

Food poisoning is caused by eating contaminated food that contains infections organisms, like E. coli, or viruses or parasites. Some common symptoms of food poisoning are;

  • Abdominal pain.
  • No appetite.
  • Watery diarrhea.
  • Nausea/vomiting.
  • Fever.
  • Fatigue.

Symptons occur within hours of consumption of infected food. However some contaminants might not cause symptoms until a couple of weeks later and can last up to 10 days. Another issue caused by food poisoning is dehydration. Therefore, recovering from food poisoning includes replacing lost fluids. If symptoms are severe, antibiotics may be prescribed.

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