Salmonella Food Poisoning

Salmonella food poisoning, also known as salmonellosis, is caused by one of the many salmonella bacterium. Though there are hundreds of different kinds of this bacterium, only around a dozen of them can cause illness.

Salmonella Food Poisoning
Salmonella food poisoning occurs when someone ingests infected food, such as undercooked beef or chicken. The salmonella bacteria then infect the intestinal tract in the person eating the infected food. This infection cause many symptoms, especially diarrhea, within a few hours or days after the initial ingestion of the infected food. Salmonella food poisoning can last around a week.

Salmonella Food Poisoning Symptoms
Most of the symptoms of salmonella food poisoning tend to be gastrointestinal in nature. Gastrointestinal is defined as anything having to do with the stomach, small intestine and large intestine. These symptoms may turn up as long as three days after initial infection.

  • The gastrointestinal symptoms of salmonella include nausea, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, vomiting and blood in your stool.
  • The non-gastrointestinal symptoms of salmonella include chills, high fever, headache and general muscle pains.

Salmonella Food Poisoning Treatments
If you suspect you may have been infected with salmonella, you need to see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. There are two main treatments for salmonella: antibiotics and antidiarrheals. The antibiotics will help clear up the infection if it has slipped into your bloodstream. The antidiarrheals will help ease the diarrhea and cramps until the salmonella clears up.

Salmonella Food Poisoning Prevention
Salmonella is usually contracted by eating improperly prepared or cooked meat products, including eggs. Salmonella can also be found on other foods cross-contaminated by infected meat products. So best ways to prevent salmonella is to prepare and cook all meat properly.

If you want to help prevent salmonella, make sure to never eat raw meat or eggs. Always wash your hands after touching raw meat. Also remember to wash any items, such as a knife or cutting board, that have come in contact with raw meat before using the items again.

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