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Symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning

Symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning: Introduction

Symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning generally begin within eight to 72 hours after ingesting food contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

Salmonella food poisoning may include multiple bouts of diarrhea accompanied by severe abdominal pain and abdominal cramps. Other symptoms that may accompany Salmonella food poisoning can include bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, chills, fever, and headache. Generally healthy adults can begin to see improvement in their symptoms within a couple of days and can recover completely within about a week.

Complications of Salmonella food poisoning include severe dehydration due to the loss of fluids and electrolytes from diarrhea and vomiting. If untreated, severe dehydration can lead to an electrolyte imbalance and shock, and can even be fatal.

Other complications include the development of Reiter's syndrome. Symptoms of Reiter's syndrome include painful joints, eye irritation and painful urination. Reiter's syndrome can lead to chronic arthritis.

Although Salmonella food poisoning can occur in any age group or population, the people most at risk for serious complications include older adults, pregnant women, infants, children, and people who have compromised immune systems. This group includes people with diseases that affect the normal functioning of the immune system, such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes, cancer, and kidney disease. People who take medications that affect the immune system, such as chemotherapy, are also at risk....more about Salmonella food poisoning »

Symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Salmonella food poisoning includes the 8 symptoms listed below:

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Salmonella food poisoning?

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Article Excerpts About Symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning:

FDA Bad Bug Book (Excerpt)

Nature of Acute Disease:: S. typhi and the paratyphoid bacteria are normally caused septicemic and produce typhoid or typhoid-like fever in humans. Other forms of salmonellosis generally produce milder symptoms.

Nature of Disease: Acute symptoms -- Nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, minal diarrhea, fever, and headache. Chronic consequences -- arthritic symptoms may follow 3-4 weeks after onset of acute symptoms. (Source: FDA Bad Bug Book)

Foodborne Infections General: DBMD (Excerpt)

The illness it causes, salmonellosis, typically includes fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps.  In persons with poor underlying health or weakened immune systems, it can invade the bloodstream and cause life-threatening infections.  (Source: excerpt from Foodborne Infections General: DBMD)

Salmonellosis: DBMD (Excerpt)

Fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea (sometimes bloody). Occasionally can establish localized infection (e.g., septic arthritis) or progress to sepsis. (Source: excerpt from Salmonellosis: DBMD)

Foodborne Diseases, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID (Excerpt)

The disease causes acute intestinal distress with sudden onset of headache, fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, and sometimes vomiting.

These symptoms, along with loss of appetite, can last for several days. Dehydration (extreme loss of body water), especially among infants, can be severe. Salmonella is an invasive organism that can escape from the intestine and be spread by the blood to other organs. It can become a chronic infection in some people, who may have no symptoms yet can spread the disease to others. (Source: excerpt from Foodborne Diseases, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

Salmonella: CDC-OC (Excerpt)

Symptoms of Salmonella include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps that develop 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most persons recover without treatment. (Source: excerpt from Salmonella: CDC-OC)

Salmonella food poisoning as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions

When considering symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning, it is also important to consider Salmonella food poisoning as a possible cause of other medical conditions. The Disease Database lists the following medical conditions that Salmonella food poisoning may cause:

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Salmonella food poisoning: Onset and Incubation

Incubation period for Salmonella food poisoning: from about 8 hours up to 3 days

Incubation period for Salmonella food poisoning: Onset time -- 6-48 hours. (Source: FDA Bad Bug Book)

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning. This signs and symptoms information for Salmonella food poisoning has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Salmonella food poisoning signs or Salmonella food poisoning symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Salmonella food poisoning symptoms.


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