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What causes vomiting, diarrhea and exhaustion post consumption of cabbage?

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Posted on Wed, 27 Jul 2016
Question: I tried XXXXXXX for the first time in a salad and was fine after i ate it but later in the middle of the night i woke up puking, diareaia, very exhausted. Could i be allergic or does that sound like food poisoning?
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Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Sounds more like food infection or food poisoning.

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome,

I'm sorry you were so sick. While a food allergy can cause vomiting and diarrhea, more common allergic reactions are swollen lips, tongue, and throat. Or hives. And the vomiting/diarrhea from a food allergy would usually be more immediate - not requiring time which is more typical of food toxins or infection.

The symptoms you described are more typical of food borne illness (food toxin also known as food poisoning, or from food infection). A salad, especially if it had eggs or mayonnaise in it, would be the more likely culprit.
XXXXXXX is in the cruciferous family, and these vegetables tend to be somewhat resistant to bacterial contamination, but not always. Cooking will eliminate most bacteria.

I hope this information helps.
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What causes vomiting, diarrhea and exhaustion post consumption of cabbage?

Brief Answer: Sounds more like food infection or food poisoning. Detailed Answer: Hello and welcome, I'm sorry you were so sick. While a food allergy can cause vomiting and diarrhea, more common allergic reactions are swollen lips, tongue, and throat. Or hives. And the vomiting/diarrhea from a food allergy would usually be more immediate - not requiring time which is more typical of food toxins or infection. The symptoms you described are more typical of food borne illness (food toxin also known as food poisoning, or from food infection). A salad, especially if it had eggs or mayonnaise in it, would be the more likely culprit. XXXXXXX is in the cruciferous family, and these vegetables tend to be somewhat resistant to bacterial contamination, but not always. Cooking will eliminate most bacteria. I hope this information helps.