Do You Have Food Poisoning Or A Stomach Bug?

Has the new year greeted you with food poisoning or a stomach bug? When our eating habits have gone completely astray from normality in the past two weeks, our stomachs might react badly to it. But are you actually contagious?

Discerning the difference between the two can be tricky. The major reason is that you may not have realised you were in touch with someone who was at risk. One factor that may help you distinguish the difference is that food poisoning takes one to eight hours before you feel the symptoms. Whereas a stomach flu does not show symptoms until 24 to 48 hours later. It is an incubation period.

However, once the symptoms show up, a stomach bug and food poisoning look almost identical. Symptoms include:

  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea

There is a tell-tale sign that you may have contracted food poisoning. This is when you have a high fever or blood in the stool. It is highly recommended that you see a doctor if you have high fever or bloody vomit or stool, or your symptoms don’t get better within two days.

To treat both these issues, one needs to drinking plenty of clear liquids and eventually reintroducing bland foods.

Has your stomach been feeling under the weather since the festive season? Are you treating your stomach in the right way?

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Article by: Natalie Wan