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What are the symptoms of food poisoning?

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Posted on Mon, 28 Jul 2014
Question: Are these symptoms most likely food poisoning:
acute onset of diarrhea an hour after eating (spaghetti)
fever 101.5
chills
body ache
mild nausea

Although:
also frequent urination since onset of above symptoms
and left sided flank pain upon awakening (relieved by ibuprofen)

Thank you
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Answered by Dr. Praveen (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Correction of re-hydration and watch for symptoms

Detailed Answer:
Hi dear.Thanks for giving me an opportunity to answer your query.

I were to say that these symptoms are most likely and indicative of food poisoning due to the contamination of bacteria(most commonly staphylococci)-since the onset of symptoms is within an hour. I would order stool analysis to confirm this infection.

In this circumstance, my first and foremost objective is treat the dehydration and electrolyte loss.
Oral re-hydration solution has to taken at-least 2 liters/day and increase further depending on the stool output.Have plenty of oral fluids(avoid soda and which have much sugar). I would recommend the above if you may take orally else I were to admit and administer fluid intravenously.

Stay with your usual diet as much as possible.Eating your usual diet will help you to get enough nutrition.Good to avoid coffee, alcohol, high fat and spicy food.

In the meanwhile start Paracetamol 500mg (thrice daily after food) for 3 days. Advise to watch for symptoms of raise in temperature, tiredness, stool output. I would choose the antibiotic depending on the lab report if required.

Hope this answers your query.
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Follow up: Dr. Praveen (2 hours later)
Thank you very much!!!
I appreciate your help
The episodes of diarrhea have slowed way down but the increased urination continues which now has me worried.
No burning/pain/odor/back pain
Would fever cause polyuria??

Thank you,
XXXX
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Answered by Dr. Praveen (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Suspect high sugars

Detailed Answer:
Hi sir,

Thanks for writing me back. I am glad to know that the bowels are restoring back.

Generally fever do not cause polyuria. However if you been drinking fluids, that could be causing the frequency.

If increased frequency doesn't get better after the symptoms passes off, then I would like to check if your blood sugar levels. Have you been taking the oral anti-diabetes medication?

Hope this answers your question.

Regards
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Follow up: Dr. Praveen (6 hours later)
Thank you again!!
Yes, he has been taking his metformin.
I will have blood sugar checked.

Best regards,
XXXX
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Answered by Dr. Praveen (5 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Get well soon

Detailed Answer:
You are most welcome sir.

Please feel free to keep me posted for any further quries.

All the best.Get well soon.
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Brief Answer: Correction of re-hydration and watch for symptoms Detailed Answer: Hi dear.Thanks for giving me an opportunity to answer your query. I were to say that these symptoms are most likely and indicative of food poisoning due to the contamination of bacteria(most commonly staphylococci)-since the onset of symptoms is within an hour. I would order stool analysis to confirm this infection. In this circumstance, my first and foremost objective is treat the dehydration and electrolyte loss. Oral re-hydration solution has to taken at-least 2 liters/day and increase further depending on the stool output.Have plenty of oral fluids(avoid soda and which have much sugar). I would recommend the above if you may take orally else I were to admit and administer fluid intravenously. Stay with your usual diet as much as possible.Eating your usual diet will help you to get enough nutrition.Good to avoid coffee, alcohol, high fat and spicy food. In the meanwhile start Paracetamol 500mg (thrice daily after food) for 3 days. Advise to watch for symptoms of raise in temperature, tiredness, stool output. I would choose the antibiotic depending on the lab report if required. Hope this answers your query.