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How fast does food poisoning hit?

You go out to eat with your friends. The night itself goes well. You all park your bikes outside of a little deli. You get pretty quick service. You have great conversations as you sit and eat together. The food tastes great at the time and you have no idea that anything is wrong.

The truth, though, is that you got contaminated food. The great flavor covered it up, but you still wind up with food poisoning. How fast is that going to hit?

Different times for different cases

The truth is that you can't pin this down to an exact time. Every case is different. What else did you eat? How much did you eat? What was the type of contaminant? How strong is your immune system? There are just too many questions you have to ask.

That said, medical experts agree that a standard window is two to six hours. If you sat around for a bit after eating with your friends, you could start to feel the full impact while you bike home. If it's already late at night, though, you could very well go to sleep and wake up with food poisoning in the middle of the night. It really just depends on the case.

How will you feel?

On top of that, the contaminant can start working in you long before you feel it at all. What symptoms should you watch out for? The most common ones include:

  • The onset of abdominal cramps, which is often when people start to say it doesn't feel like something "sat well" with them.
  • A feeling of nausea which is often accompanied by vomiting as your body tries to get rid of that contaminated food.
  • Diarrhea that goes along with the cramping.
  • A general feeling of sickness, like you have come down with a bug or even like you have a hangover. You may get a headache. As things progress, it could turn into a fever and chills.
  • A feeling of weakness. This is one of the most serious symptoms. If you feel very weak, you want to seek medical attention as soon as you can. Do not just assume it's because you have been throwing up.

Some cases of food poisoning clear up on their own in the next 24 hours, but many do not. You could have some significant complications, and some cases even turn fatal. If you find yourself facing severe sickness and health challenges, along with high medical bills, make sure you understand the options you have.

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