Home » Your Health » Is It Food Poisoning or the Flu?

Is It Food Poisoning or the Flu?


2. The Telltale Symptoms of Gastroenteritis

Symptoms of the stomach flu often mimic those of food poisoning, with fatigue, muscle aches and pains, chills, stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and high fever. However, stomach flu is most often caused by a virus or bacterial infection in the digestive tract rather than from consuming bad food or water (i.e., listeria).

A prime differentiation between stomach flu and food poisoning is symptom presentation. For instance, stomach flu symptoms start a few days following exposure to the virus and typically last between 2 to 10 days. Symptoms of food poisoning, however, flare up within hours of eating contaminated food with vomiting and nausea lasting between 1 and 10 days, until the body rids the food bacteria completely from your system.

«
Next »
ADVERTISEMENT

More on ActiveBeat
  • 8 Facts on Safe Food Handling at Home
    According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, approximately 12 million people become ill every year from foodborne bacteria.
    Your Health
  • 6 Must-Know-Before-You-Eat Food-Borne Bacteria Facts
    It seems the news is constantly filled with food recalls that affect North American consumers. From E.
    Your Health
  • Foods That Promote Healthy Hair
    Healthy hair is one major indication of overall physical wellbeing. It can take years to grow hair to a long length, and the quality of our hair is often a reflection of the...
    Your Health
  • Signs and Symptoms of Kidney Cancer
    Kidney cancer is also referred to as renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and according to Healthline, it's one of the top 10 most common cancers in men and women.
    Your Health
  • Most Indicative Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes
    Diabetes, often called the silent killer. It strikes almost 24 million people across the U.S.
    Your Health
  • Alarming Triggers for Alzheimer's Disease
    Although medical researchers are unable to pinpoint the exact cause of Alzheimer’s, many studies link exposure to certain chemicals, medications, and even emotions to heightening...
    Your Health
  • Signs and Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults
    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is commonly associated with children, but it can progress into adulthood and present its own unique challenges at a later age.
    Your Health
  • Foods That Help Build Muscle
    Building muscle is about more than just lifting weights. It’s a total body experience that goes beyond the gym and right into your kitchen.
    Your Health
  • Itchy, Scratchy, Uncomfortable Symptoms of Pink Eye
    Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is a highly contagious bacterial or viral eye infection that occurs when the blood vessels of the transparent membrane (or conjunctiva) covering the...
    Your Health
  • At-Home Remedies For Pink Eye
    Pink eye (medically called conjunctivitis) results from a viral or bacterial infection that spreads from an allergy and the rubbing of the eyes.
    Your Health
  • Is It Measles? Signs and Symptoms of Measles
    Measles, a condition medically known as rubeola, is highly contagious. In fact, the disease is responsible for a total death toll of approximately 200 million...
    Your Health
  • Precursors to Prediabetes
    While diabetes is very prevalent in the U.S.—the American Diabetes Association claims more than 9-percent of the population was diagnosed with the disease as of 2012—there are...
    Your Health
  • Common Myths of Type 2 Diabetes
    Type 2 diabetes is a gruelling health condition to manage. People who suffer from this condition have to constantly keep tabs on their blood sugar, prepare a healthy diet, read...
    Your Health
  • Health Conditions Linked to Weight Loss
    We tend to focus so much on obesity and being overweight that being chronically thin or experiencing sudden weight loss is overlooked.
    Your Health
  • Telltale Diabetes Symptoms in Children
    Diabetes is often thought of as an adult disease, as it can be caused by diet and lifestyle choices (eating habits and alcohol consumption). However, a 3-year old in the U.S.
    Your Health