Food Poisoning

Consuming contaminated or spoilt food can cause food poisoning leading to diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, fever, abdominal pain, weakness, headache, etc. E.coli, Listeria, Salmonella, Campylobacter, C.botulinum, Toxoplasma, norovirus, sapovirus, and rotavirus mainly cause food poisoning. Meat, dairy, and eggs are frequently found to be contaminated. Treatment includes antimicrobials and rehydration with fluid and electrolytes, with which food poisoning resolves within two or three days.

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My wife and I both experienced heartburn weeks ago. Have we contracted a bacteria?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife and I both started experiencing heartburn two weeks ago. It began at the same time for both of us. I had taken Pantoprazole for a year, and it has kept me in a good place related to heartburn. I also use Simvastatin and Losartan. Could we have contracted some bacteria causin...  Read Full »

Dr. Habeeb Abdulrasheed

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. Food poisoning in the form of bacterial ingestion does not typically give this kind of symptom. Most likely, you have gastroesophageal reflux disease. It may be from acid reflux from your stomach to your lower eso...  Read Full »

Why does my 10-year-old daughter throw up every time she eats or drinks something?

Query: Hello doctor, My 10 year old daughter has been throwing up immediately after eating or drinking anything. This has been going on since the last five days. She has no fever, headache or diarrhea. All the LT, CBP and urine tests are normal. Presently she is on injection Rantac and tablet Pan. She ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Preeti Puranik

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The vomiting could be due to gastritis or food poisoning. As there is no fever or diarrhea, infection is unlikely and food poisoning generally subsides in two to thr...  Read Full »

Does vomiting and nauseous feeling after having fast food indicate food poisoning?

Query: Hi doctor, I had some fast food from the last two days, and I am feeling nauseous. I even vomited once, after which, I felt little better. I am feeling a bit better now, but the vomiting tendency is still there. I am also burping a lot, which has the same taste of the fast food. I do not feel like e...  Read Full »

Dr. Ramesh Kumar S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As per your query, most likely, you have gastroenteritis. Gastroenteritis is inflammation of gastric mucosa. Most commonly, it is viral. Viral gastroenteritis usually limits itself to 7 to 10 days. But in your case, as it is already more than 10 days, I would advise you...  Read Full »

I have diarrhea, bloating, and my fart does not smell good. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had diarrhea from the evening, and my stomach feels bloated. It does not smell good. I am taking electrolytes and do not eat anything. I started taking medications for my high BP three weeks ago. What should I do now? Shall I eat a banana? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Rajendran R Nayar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand that you have acute gastroenteritis. It may be due to food poisoning or a viral infection. I suggest you do a COVID-19 test (Coronavirus Disease-2019). Kindly monitor your temperature as your increased heart rate may be due to a fever. It is an excellent th...  Read Full »

Do stomach ache and diarrhea after intake of a large meal indicate food poisoning?

Query: Hi doctor, I had stomach ache and diarrhea last Monday and vomited last Tuesday (two days). Probably due to food with coconut milk and other dishes (mostly meat and sweets) I ate last Sunday night. I am a 25-year-old female. I had the same history when I ate too much meat last month. Last time I to...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajendran R Nayar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand you had stomach discomfort and diarrhea for two days. It is better to get a COVID RT-PCR (reverse transcriptase polymerize chain reaction) test to rule out any COVID infection. Meanwhile, please isolate until you get the test result. Your symptoms may be du...  Read Full »

Will playing in warm and stinky pool cause infections in children?

Query: Hi doctor, I was mowing my lawn tonight, and my kids played as I mowed. Not thinking anything of it, they jumped into their day and a half old water kids pool. They played for about 20 minutes. As I got close to the water more, I realized the water was warm and stinky. Should I watch them for any s...  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Ramakrishnan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As per the history provided, the pool was warm and stinky. As such, there is no need to panic regarding the brain-eating amoeba as it is very rare. What you should be cautious about is the skin rash. Ask if they drank the water? If yes lookout for any food poisoning or ...  Read Full »

Why do I have a feeling of nausea and vomiting after taking meals?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a feeling of nausea after taking meals. I was on juicing for three days and I started to have vomiting after it. I went to emergency and I was given medicine for nausea. I stopped juice fasting but I still have the feeling of nausea after taking a meal. I had a lap band bariatric su...  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you are suffering from nausea and vomiting for three days. Nausea and vomiting after meals can occur due to food poisoning, inflammation in the stomach lining called gastritis, ulcer, bulimia or any other psych...  Read Full »

How to treat food poisoning induced IBS?

Query: Hello doctor, Eight months ago, I had an acute food poisoning case. My symptoms were cramping, pain, weight loss, and diarrhea. I ate food that was left outside the fridge for more than eight hours. The symptoms persisted for a few weeks, and then I went to a doctor who did a colonoscopy and stool ...  Read Full »

Dr. Penchala Prasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). They are looks normal. But hemogram report showing iron deficiency even though hemoglobin is normal. IBS is treated with diet modification with regular exercise and yoga. IBS may aggr...  Read Full »

How to treat stomach upset and vomiting due to late-night meal?

Query: Hello doctor,My friend had a late-night meal last night followed by vomiting twice and a bit of diarrhea, headache, stomach pain, and fever about 101. She took Pan D twice and Calpol. But she still has a fever. What will you suggest?  Read Full »

Dr. Penchala Prasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Which food do you take yesterday? Did you take any non-vegetarian food, ice creams, or eggs? Do you have loose stools? Any blood or mucus in stools? Possible causes could be food poisoning, bacillary dysentery, acute gastroenteritis, or acute gastritis. Use tabl...  Read Full »

How to prevent the recurrence of typhoid or food poisoning?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a headache last week, and my bowel movement was watery and loose. Two loose and watery bowel movements last week, and I also had a fever ranging from 37.3 to 37.7. Before that, I was having a headache that started, and it got worsened two days later when I had diarrhea with fever. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It does not seem like typhoid fever. The typhoid fever used to be a high grade meaning 38 above and would have persisted since it does not respond to only one dose of Cefixime, which you have taken. The headache can be a common daily headache. Due to sleeplessness, a...  Read Full »

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