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If I have food poisoning, how long should it last?


Food poisoning is something that is caused by consuming food that is contaminated with bacteria, such as salmonella and E. coli. The symptoms of food poisoning can be exceptionally exhausting and debilitating, especially when contracted abroad from neglected hygiene in a restaurant or hotel, but knowing the facts and how to handle the illness, as well as how to claim travel accident compensation, can only go in your favour, regardless of whether you’re home or away.


How long before food poisoning symptoms start?

It is always difficult to pinpoint whether food poisoning has occurred, as the virus or bacteria can sometimes take a long time before it begins to affect the body. The NHS state that as a general rule, symptoms can start anywhere from 24 hours to 72 hours after the contaminated food is eaten.


What are the symptoms?

If you think you may have experienced an accident on holiday and contracted food poisoning, you may experience the following symptoms.

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Stomach pains/cramps
  • Sweats

What can I do to alleviate my symptoms?

When it comes to food poisoning, there is not much that can be done when it comes to stopping vomiting or diarrhoea, as it’s the body’s way of pushing the bacteria or virus out of the body as quickly as possible for your safety, but there are things you can do to help this nasty accident abroad. Drink plenty of fluids, sipping to avoid irritating the stomach, rest as much as possible in a cool, comfortable place with a cold compress if hot, and avoid food until you are feeling much better. Symptoms should begin to disperse within a day or two.


Can I make an accident claim due to food poisoning?

Many associate claiming compensation to work accidents or road traffic accidents, but food poisoning can also be a case for accident compensation. When food standards and cleanliness are neglected, food can be contaminated, and if you then consume that food, the holiday injuries and symptoms you suffer with are not your fault. Accident Advice Helpline has a team of lawyers waiting to take your call and they are able to advise you regarding your potential travel claim and can help you obtain compensation. For friendly, expert legal advice and to see if you have a case, call 0800 689 5659 for free.