Overview of Food Poisoning
Food poisoning is a condition that is induced by the consumption of spoilt or contaminated food. The symptoms vary depending on the cause and the amount of food that is consumed. There are many potential causative agents such as harmful microbes and even toxic chemicals which are formed when the food breaks down.
The term “Food Poisoning” is a misnomer as most of the infections are caused by pathogens such as bacteria and viruses rather than natural or artificial toxins. Some are caused by unnatural reactions to food, especially an allergy. The effects of food poisoning are acute, usually lasting for about 3 days to a week.
The symptoms vary according to the causative factor, however, these are some of the common characteristic symptoms observed:
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach cramps
- Mild/Severe abdominal pain
- Body pain
Usually, the symptoms of food poisoning subsides on its own, however, certain infectious pathogens do require medical attention as they pose a significant health risk. People with compromised immunity systems are also more vulnerable to the symptoms of food poisoning.