Symptoms of food poisoning


Food intoxication, food poisoning, food intoxication

English: food intoxication, food poisoning

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Symptoms of food poisoning are gastrointestinal complaints

a) bacterial

Patients with bacterial food poisoning usually experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (Diarrhea) and abdominal pain in the form of abdominal cramps. Abdominal pain and fever are possible but rare.

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The poisoning with Toxins from Clostridium botulinum offers the clinical picture of botulism. This too begins with nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain; however, neurological complaints also occur in the course of the disease. Paralysis of the eyes occurs (double vision, wide pupil, drooping eyelid), speech (Dysarthria) and when swallowing (Dysphagia) up to respiratory paralysis. Also include dry mouth, constipation (Constipation), Urinary retention and intestinal obstruction (Ileus) to the possible symptoms.

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b) mushrooms

Food poisoning by mushrooms is also primarily a picture of gastrointestinal complaints. Confusion, hallucinations, increased sweating, sleepiness or restlessness can also occur. Further symptoms arise depending on the fungal toxin ingested.

c) plants

Plant food poisoning also manifests itself in nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Dizziness, headaches, disorders of consciousness and breathing complete the typical picture of intoxication.

d) metals

Acute food poisoning with arsenic also presents the classic picture of poisoning. Gastrointestinal complaints occur (see above). Additionally can Calf cramps arise. If treatment is not received, central failures occur; the patient falls into coma or gets central respiratory paralysis.

At a Food poisoning With lead, exhaustion, headache and body aches as well as gastrointestinal complaints are in the foreground. If there is no therapy, a coma occurs and the circulation fails.

e) marine animals

Food poisoning with the toxins of marine animals has in common the already described clinical picture of gastrointestinal complaints. Also characteristic are neurological symptoms with, for example, paralysis or disorders of sensitivity.

A Intoxication With Tetrodotoxin is characterized by tingling and paralysis in the face at the beginning. In the course of this, further symptoms of paralysis appear, in addition to the Skeletal muscles also the Respiratory muscles is affected. Disturbances in perception and in the coordination as well as the typical gastrointestinal Signs complement the clinical picture. Similar complaints arise with food poisoning Saxitoxin. In addition, patients complain of double vision, temporary blindness, Speech disorders, Dizziness and headache.

The Food poisoning With Ciguatoxin runs in 3 phases. The first phase shows no symptoms for a period of up to 8 hours. In the second phase, on the other hand, a gastrointestinal symptom appears Muscle aches, Visual disturbances, fatigue and insomnia. In the third phase, neurological symptoms are in the foreground: tingling in the face and extremities as well as a disturbed sensation of cold and warmth.