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Old 12-15-2007, 06:12 PM   #1
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How quickly do you know you have food poisoning?

1. I know the answer to this question can vary greatly, but in general, would you know you have food poisoning relatively quickly or would it take many hours (6-12) before you felt sick?

2. Does it matter how much of a contaminated food you eat? For example, if you eat a piece of meat that is not fully cooked in the center but most of the rest of the piece is fully cooked, is there as much risk as if almost the entire piece is undercooked?

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Old 12-15-2007, 06:16 PM   #2
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it depends on the organism that is making you ill, from 1 hr for staph, to 48 hrs for Salmonelliosis to 7 days for Shigeliosis. There are more organisms than this that can make you ill.
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Old 12-15-2007, 07:17 PM   #3
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Crazy you made this post today. My husband just had Campylobacter, a very very nasty food poisoning which can take 2-5 days after exposure. Unfortunately he is one of the rare cases that develop reactive arthritis caused by the bacteria. He is still in the hospital. :(

Google food poisoning and you will get loads of information about the most common types of bacteria and how you can get them.
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sorry to hear that Redkitty hope he feels better soon
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Old 12-15-2007, 07:48 PM   #5
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1. I know the answer to this question can vary greatly, but in general, would you know you have food poisoning relatively quickly or would it take many hours (6-12) before you felt sick?

2. Does it matter how much of a contaminated food you eat? For example, if you eat a piece of meat that is not fully cooked in the center but most of the rest of the piece is fully cooked, is there as much risk as if almost the entire piece is undercooked?

My daughter had food poisoning. It only took a couple of hours to hit, and a week for her to get over it. If you "wonder" if you have it, you don't. If you have food poisoning, it smacks you right down, right away.
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Old 12-15-2007, 07:57 PM   #6
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Sorry, Redkitty...hadn't read your post. The doctor said my daughter had salmonella poisoning, which we suspected came from a chopped steak at a local cheapo steakhouse. I've never seen anyone so sick for so long!
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If you "wonder" if you have it, you don't. If you have food poisoning, it smacks you right down, right away.
Constance this is not an entirely accurate statement. There are varying types of food poisoning. Some food poisoning may gave you a mild case of diarrhea and nothing else. You could also get a headache and nothing else. There are many many symptoms ranging from very mild to death.

Red I hope he gets better soon. That is horrible to hear!
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Old 12-15-2007, 08:00 PM   #8
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Sorry, I was just dealing with my own experience. Thank you for enlightening me.
I learn something every day.
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Old 12-15-2007, 08:01 PM   #9
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To answer the original question, you would know once the doctor diagnosis you. That is the only time you will know for sure.

It can take just one bite.
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Old 12-15-2007, 08:04 PM   #10
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I am just glad your daughter is better now Constance.
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