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How long does it take to recover from food poisoning?


Few ailments will stop you in your holiday tracks quite like food poisoning. Bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea will soon lay to waste any plans of sightseeing and adventure, instead leaving you with a holiday illness that can take a considerable amount of time to clear.

Whilst the safety net of being able to claim for travel accident compensation should you fall ill on holiday is a reassuring presence, it does not change the fact that the holiday itself could well be ruined.


Food poisoning has a set of unmistakable symptoms.

The most common include:

  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Diarrhoea.
  • Stomach cramps.
  • High temperatures.
  • Muscular pain.
  • Chills.
  • Loss of appetite.

Food poisoning is caused by the ingestion of contaminated food. Food can be contaminated in a number of ways, including:

  • When being stored: such as raw meat dripping onto cooked products.
  • When being prepared: for example, when a work surface is insufficiently cleaned between uses, bacteria can be passed between different foods.
  • When being delivered: poor hygiene on behalf of food handlers can lead to infection. For example, waiters not washing their hands.

The vast majority of cases of food poisoning do not require medical attention. Usually, it is simply a case of waiting for the symptoms to pass. Vomiting symptoms typically subside after 24 hours. Any victim of food poisoning who experiences persistent vomiting for more than two days ought to seek medical assistance.

Diarrhoea normally continues to bother victims after the vomiting has ceased and can continue for several more days. This is then usually followed by slightly loose stools for another week or so before a normal pattern returns.

As ever, if you are concerned about any of your symptoms or are worried that your holiday illness may be something substantially more serious than food poisoning then seek advice from a medical professional.

Symptoms of food poisoning normally present themselves between one and three days after the contaminated food has been eaten. It is important to remember that it is unlikely that it was the last thing you ate that made you ill.

In terms of claim eligibility, providing the food poisoning occurred as a result of negligence, you may have a case for illness compensation.

Our legal team at Accident Advice Helpline has over 15 years’ experience in dealing with personal injury claims such as an accidents at work and work on a no win no fee basis.