Diarrhea from food
Food poisoning will occur
within 2-6 hours after
eating contaminated food. Undercooked
meats, dairy products, unwashed vegetables and food containing
unrefrigerated are all common vehicles for these infectious agents. Contaminated water supplies are also a main
contraction point for food poisoning.
(or Wilderness) Diarrhea” is a
common condition that occur when someone drinks water contaminated with
matter. This is common in developing
nations or places with an untreated water supply.
Episodes of food
poisoning have been known to
trigger a lifetime condition of IBS or IBD. In
some very rare cases, food poisoning can
also lead to death. Because of this
possibility, it is very
important to have a general idea of the dangers and symptoms of food
and Hepatitis A are all viral forms of food poisoning that are
through consuming water or vegetables that have been contaminated with
feces. In addition, all three types of
be transmitted from person to person. Noroviruses
are the most common viral form of
food poisoning in
adults. It is called the “cruise
illness” because outbreaks normally occur in very dense
schools, nursing homes and cruise ships. The
rotavirus shares all these characteristics
but is mainly prevalent
in children. Hepatitis A is only
transferred through fecal-oral transmission and in rare cases, blood
transfusions. In addition to the nausea,
vomiting and diarrhea common in other viral food poisonings, hepatitis
also cause jaundice, rashes and fatigue.
poisonings affect the body by producing a toxin that is poisonous to
digestive system. This usually leads to
nausea and vomiting and possible kidney failure and death.
The bacteria can also infect the intestines,
causing inflammation and prompting diarrhea. All
these bacteria cause the normal symptoms
of nausea, vomiting and
diarrhea, but they each have some defining characteristics.
Salmonella bacteria will stay in the body and launch a secondary attack
in the form of arthritis weeks after the initial infection.
is the most commonly identifies food borne bacteria.
aureus is usually contracted pies, mixed salads and dairy products.
cereus is usually found in starchy foods like rice or pasta.
E coli bacteria will cause watery diarrhea that turns to bloody
diarrhea and the worst strain can produce kidney failure.
is also referred to as travelers’ diarrhea. It
causes diarrhea containing blood and/or mucus. Normally
transmitted through contaminated drinking water.
botulinum does not cause diarrhea but it attacks the nervous system and
can be released into the air. For
this reason it is considered and biological weapon.
cholerae has the typical symptoms but only occurs in warmer seasons.
Parasites are the least
common form of food
poisoning, but they are contracted in the same ways as bacterial and
poisoning. The symptoms tend to be less
intense than viral or bacterial food poisoning but last much longer. The Guardia parasite, also known as beaver
fever, can cause watery diarrhea for two weeks. Cryptosporidium can make a
person mildly ill with watery diarrhea for up to four days.