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May 2, 2021
Posted by: OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers
Food is not supposed to make you sick. But when you eat contaminated food or drink unsafe water, you can get food poisoning or foodborne illness. How long food poisoning lasts can vary, depending on:
Sometimes food poisoning is caused by someone’s negligence. But food manufacturers and sellers also have a strict duty to ensure that the food they sell you is unadulterated. So if you are sickened by contaminated food, beverage, or drinking water through no fault of your own, contact a food poisoning lawyer. You may have significant medical bills and suffer for an extended time.
The length of time you experience symptoms will mainly depend on which type of food poisoning you have, how contaminated the food was, and how seriously the infection takes hold.
An E. coli infection is commonly contracted through eating contaminated foods like unpasteurized milk, apple cider, soft cheeses, and unclean water. Several recent outbreaks have also been linked to contaminated leafy greens. A foodborne illness from E. coli typically lasts about five to ten days. But some people, especially children, may develop a condition called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).
If that happens to you, it could be life-threatening and may impact your life forever. Therefore, you should see a doctor, go to an urgent care center, or visit the nearest ER if you have symptoms of an E. coli infection.
Hepatitis A is a potentially deadly infection contracted through eating contaminated food or drinking water. It can also be transmitted from person to person through close contact. This infection typically clears up within two months. However, it may permanently affect your liver function.
Cyclospora is an infection that causes prolonged diarrhea that almost always requires a specific antibiotic to recover. The illness can last for weeks or months, and the symptoms can even clear up and reappear later.
Listeria infections are bacterial and typically cause a mild illness. But they are particularly dangerous for pregnant women, newborns, older adults, and individuals with compromised immune symptoms. This infection is found in unpasteurized dairy products, fruits, and vegetables, deli meats, smoked seafood, or any other contaminated food during an unsafe production process.
Listeria has a long incubation period of between seven and 70 days, and it can spread beyond the gut.
Salmonella is a bacterium that often causes food poisoning from meat, eggs, fruits, vegetables, and spices. You may have symptoms within eight to 72 hours after exposure. The acute infection typically lasts between two and seven days though diarrhea can last up to 10 days. Medical treatment is necessary for severe cases, especially if you become dehydrated.
Food poisoning has many symptoms. Depending on the kind of food poisoning you have, these symptoms may vary in the severity and length of time you experience them.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention or the CDC, some of the most common symptoms for generic food poisoning include:
Unfortunately, sometimes the only thing you can do with a foodborne illness is wait for it to pass. In the meantime, drink plenty of clear liquids to avoid dehydration.
You may need to see a doctor if you have: