We’ve all been there before. Your stomach starts gurgling and gargling which is never a good sign! First come the cramps, then diarrhea, and finally a wave of nausea. What is the source of this upset stomach? It could be a virus, but it could also be bacteria or parasites from ill-prepared or rotten food.
Both can cause similar symptoms, but there are some key differences as to how your body responds to the stomach flu (which is actually inflammation called gastroenteritis) and food poisoning. Knowing which one is causing your tummy woes can also help you get the right treatment. So, let’s take a look at 12 things to know about the differences between food poisoning and stomach flu.
Signs of Stomach Flu
Generally, stomach flu symptoms come on rather slowly compared to food poisoning symptoms, and they reach less high peaks as far as illness is concerned. However, that doesn’t mean gastroenteritis, described by Healthline as inflammation of the stomach and intestines, isn’t unpleasant.
The source notes symptoms of a stomach bug include diarrhea, fever, vomiting, abdominal cramps, joint stiffness, and even weight loss.