What are the Symptoms of Foodborne Illness?

                Even though there are over 250 different types of illnesses you can be experiencing the same symptoms for many of the diseases. This makes it harder to figure out what type of sickness you may have. On top of all of that, the symptoms are very simialr to the ones you would have with a cold. If it gets worse it could lead to a bigger problem. The basic symptoms  can lead to much more complicated illnesses.

                Some of the common symptoms that you may have are fever, nausea, headache, and dehydration. With the dehydration you may have a dry mouth, sticky saliva, and dizzness. You may also have some more serious symptoms such as; loss of balance and appetite, muscle aches, confusion, fatigue, diarrhea that may be bloody, convulsions, and tenesmus. Convulsions are very similar to seizures. They usually aren’t harmless to humans unless the person has already had seizures. If the person would be to lose consciousness then this is a medical emergency.

There are some serious complications that these illnesses can lead to if they are not treated right away.  One of these would be Guillain-Barré Syndrome. You would normally have this with Campylobacter. This syndrome that you may have is very rare, and it attacks the body’s immune system. Individuals may also suffer from temporary paralysis. If you were to have this more than likely you would need intensive care. You may also experience Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome. You get this with infected e-coil, this will damage red blood cells and the lining of blood vessel walls. Also leads to acute kidney failure in many children.

Another complication you could experience would be Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP). This will cause low blood counts, anemia and kidney failure. When you have Hepatitis A about 15% of the people have symptoms lasting for about 6 to 9 months.  You can also have Reiter’s Syndrome. This is usually associated with Salmonella or a Shigellosis infection. Most will experience joint pain and irritation in the eyes. To make this more difficult the symptoms of this may not appear for up to three weeks. Many will recover within a year, but many will face chronic arthritis.  If you were to have this with a Shigellosis infection you will have; dehydration, and many children will have seizures because of high fevers.

So in all, if you are having some of these problems you should go and get it looked at soon. You don’t want to end up having a more serious syndrome.  

Works Cited

Weinburg, Eric. “Symptoms of Foodborne Illness.” http://www.foodpoisoning.com/. Web Design CT, 2010. Web. 10 Feb 2012.

 Bacteria and Foodborne Illness.” http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/. NIDDK, May 2007. Web. 10 Feb 2012.

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. “Common Agents Causing Foodborne Ilness, Grouped By Symptoms.” http://www.docstoc.com/. DocStoc, 2011. Web. 10 Feb 2012.

4 thoughts on “What are the Symptoms of Foodborne Illness?

  1. Your first paragraph was right on the dot with explaining what will be discussed in this blog and how many diseases there are. Nice! This was really put in depth with many different diseases I have never heard of and ones that I did know but didn’t know that much information of them! Good Job!

  2. A well researched blog, that is obvious. One question though, what is Guillain-Barré Syndrome? Perhaps you could explain this better.
    Keep it comin,

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