Am I at Risk for Food Poisoning?

The holidays bring tons of fun, memories…and food. And while trying all those holiday goodies is a seasonal delight, it can also sometimes expose you to food poisoning.

That’s why our team at AFC Urgent Care Fountain City wants to share some tips on how you can steer clear of food poisoning this season.

Who Is Most at Risk for Food Poisoning?

This is a trick question! Anyone can get food poisoning at any time. In fact, one in every six Americans get food poisoning each year.

However, there are certain people who are more at risk of food poisoning than others, including women who are pregnant, young children, the elderly and those with a chronic illness.

Causes of Food Poisoning

  • Bacteria
  • Parasites
  • Viruses

How Long Can Food Poisoning Last?

It usually doesn’t take too long for a person to start to feel the symptoms of food poisoning. In most cases, food poisoning symptoms start within hours of eating or drinking something that was contaminated.

Once symptoms arise, they can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. If you’re experiencing food poisoning, you have to let the illness run its course, but drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.

Symptoms of Food Poisoning

  • Pain in abdomen
  • Chills
  • Dehydration
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Malaise
  • Sweating
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Indigestion
  • Headache
  • Weakness

Is it a stomach ache or food poisoning? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Fountain City today for a medical evaluation! No appointment is necessary.