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Do food borne problems cause bad cramps, diarrhea and profuse sweating ?

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Tuesday 8PM I ate 3 gem studded puffballs, 2 fishy milkcaps and 5 chanterelles. Wednesday 8PM I ate a mix of small boletes; all brown caps with white or yellow pores none staining blue. Thursday bad cramps and diarrhea all day. Thursday 6PM high fever chills for about 2 hours, then profuse sweating, skin sensitive to touch. Friday morning much better little headache. Does this sound like it is related to the mushrooms or more like a food borne bacteria.
Posted Tue, 8 May 2012 in Digestion and Bowels
Answered by Dr. Jasvinder Singh 41 minutes later

Thanks for posting your query.

It looks more like due to mushrooms only because you had consumed it the day before the symptoms began but it is very difficult to clearly pinpoint whether it is due to mushrooms or food borne bacteria unless and until a culture of the stool and vomitus for bacteria is done.

Symptoms is related to mushrooms vary depending on the toxins involved. It can be due to alpha amantin which causes gastrointestinal upset (vomiting and profuse, watery diarrhea) after 6-12 hours or it can be due to other toxins. Early symptoms of mushroom poisoning include nausea, stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhea (which is sometimes bloody). Symptoms may show up right after the mushroom was eaten or may appear several hours later.

There are no tests to help you tell a poisonous mushroom from a nonpoisonous mushroom. However you need to consult a physician and discuss this possibility with him. For now, drink plenty of water to detoxify the body. The BRAT diet (ie, bananas, rice, applesauce, toast) or soft easily digestible semisolid diet can also be taken. Also take an antacid or a H2 blocker like Ranitidine or a PPI inhibitor drug like Omeprazole after consulting your doctor.

1. Avoid eating any junk food or oily, spicy food.
2. Take a healthy, balanced and nutritious diet consisting more of fruits, salads, soups and raw vegetables (after proper washing). Also increase the protein content in your diet instead of carbohydrates and fats. An advice from a dietitian will be helpful.
3. Try raising the head end of your bed by at least two blocks and take your meals 2 hrs prior to bedtime. Also avoid taking two or three heavy meals. Instead, take regular frequent small meals.
4. Avoid taking tea or coffee prior to bedtime and concentrate more on a healthy diet.

If the symptoms persist then get an evaluation done from a physician.

Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries.

Wishing you good health.
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