If you have ever been concerned about the foods you eat and the possibility of poisoning, you would probably be interested to know the answer to this question: “How long does food poisoning last?”
First let’s say something about what causes food poisoning. It usually happens if the food is not well cooked or if it’s not stored properly. Most of the foods we consume have its expiry date written on the pack and there is also the information about the way you should store it, like “store in the cool and dry place”. If you ignore these instructions, you can easily get food poisoning because there are foods that do not change their smell or taste even after the expiry date. There are several types of bacteria that can cause food poisoning. Those are salmonella, E. coli, Campylobacter etc. There are also some parasites that can cause this condition.
So how does the food poisoning last? It all depends on several factors. The first of them is the type of poisoning. In some cases it doesn’t last for very long time (it lasts for a day or two) while in others it may last for a couple of weeks. That is when you should definitely see your doctor again and see what is wrong. It also depends on a person’s age and general health.
Common symptoms of food poisoning are stomachache, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. They can last from one day to 10 days and more, all depending on the factors mentioned above.
Sometimes it can get real bad. If you get poisoned by food you can experience serious symptoms like dizziness, heartbeat changes, mouth dryness and dehydration. If any of those symptoms occur and prolong for days, you should check into the hospital right away.