Emergency Physician Questions Food Poisoning

What are the symptoms of food poisoning?

After eating chicken curry, I experienced both diarrhea and stomach pain. Are these symptoms of food poisoning? What's the best thing to do for it?

2 Answers

Common symptoms of food poisoning are, abdominal fulness or pain
Associated with Vomiting, watery diarrhea or both. Unusual to have high fever. Dehydration is common if symptoms last more than 12 hourse.
Possibly. Some food allergies or sensitivities may induce a "rapid exit" phenomenon, e.g., diarrhea and abdominal discomfort while being eliminated ASAP. Food poisoning depends on the organism or toxin involved and often is identified earlier in the GI process, so presents with vomiting and abdominal discomfort -- seeking to eliminate the offending substance before it gets further along the GI tract. If it presents later, then can see the abdominal distress and diarrhea. If worried, consult your primary care provider or an Urgent Care Center.

Donald W. Alves, MD,MS,FACEP