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Difference between a stomach flu and food poisoning?

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Old 01-19-2004, 10:44 PM   #1
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Difference between a stomach flu and food poisoning?

What are the differences and how do you know what you have?

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Old 01-20-2004, 06:28 AM   #2
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Re: Difference between a stomach flu and food poisoning?

After spending Saturday night with my head in the toilet, I did a little research online about this. The "experts" claim there's no such thing as stomach flu -- that it's caused by contamination. I don't think I've had the stomach flu in 20+ years, so I was thinking it was the pasta I'd eaten at a fundraiser the night before. Then my MIL, who babysat for me that night came down with it, too and then my spouse did. Apparently there've been 2-3 cases at my child's day care and now it's making the rounds at work. So whatever it is, I seriously DOUBT it's food poisioning. I did find a link to something called Norwalk Disease -- which sounded like a very contagious stomach flu. In any event, the thing lasted about 24 hours.

Old 01-21-2004, 06:30 AM   #3
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Re: Difference between a stomach flu and food poisoning?

I've had food poisoning a couple times, and there are some things to watch out for...

1. You will ALWAYS have diarrhea. You won't be able to eat anything without spending hours in the bathroom. You will be going every 30 minutes or so, until just water is coming out. I know this is nasty, but it's what happens.

2. You may or may not vomit. It depends on the type of poisoning.

3. Symptoms last for days on end, not just 24 hours.

4. You will likely have a low-grade fever (99-100).

5. In the case of salmonila, you will have stomach pain.


If you had food poisoning, believe me, you would know it. If you do get something like this, go to the hospital immediately.

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