Food poisoning is an unpleasant illness, with many and varying symptoms. Usually, the symptoms of the illness will vanish after a few days, but if left untreated, they could go on for much longer.
Although the symptoms of food poisoning differ depending on the source of the contamination, one or more of the following symptoms will usually be present:
- Loose diarrhoea
- Pain and cramps in the abdominal area
When will the symptoms of food poisoning appear?
Symptoms of food poisoning can become apparent within just a few hours of eating food which has been contaminated with dangerous bacteria. However, it can take days or weeks for symptoms to kick in.
When you need to see a doctor
It is important that you seek immediate medical help if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Frequent instances of vomiting
- Not being able to keep liquids down
- Blood in stools or vomit
- Diarrhoea for three consecutive days or more
- Extreme cramping or pain
- An oral temperature of more than 38.6 C
- Symptoms of dehydration – dry mouth, hardly any urination, extreme dizziness, weakness, unusually strong thirst
- Neurological symptoms – muscle weakness, tingling in the limbs, blurred vision
If you feel really ill, then it may be a good idea for you to visit your local accident and emergency straight away, as extreme cases of food poisoning can be life threatening, and can cause major issues such as kidney problems and brain injuries.
Claiming for food poisoning
Seeing a doctor to get a diagnosis of food poisoning is also a good idea if you want to claim personal injury compensation in regards to your food poisoning. This is important because it will enable you to provide evidence to back up your claim.
The symptoms of food poisoning can put you out of action for days, weeks or even months in the most extreme cases, and this means that you will probably not be able to work during this time, so making a personal injury claim against the person(s) who caused your food poisoning is a good way to recoup any losses you make during your period of food poisoning.
To find out more about the tell-tale signs and symptoms of food poisoning, or to discuss making a food poisoning compensation claim, all you need to do is call our personal injury experts, here at Accident Advice Helpline, freephone on 0800 689 0500 from any landline or on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. We are available to take your call 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Date Published: 13th August 2016
Author: Lynne Bell