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Difference Between Stomach Bug and Food Poisoning

We’ve all heard about the stomach bug going around at work or at your child’s school and people experiences food poisoning. But what exactly is the difference?

The stomach bug or stomach flu is a virus that is highly contagious. The most common was to catch the virus is frim direct contact with someone who is sick.  Food poising develops when an infectious organism such as bacteria, viruses or parasites contaminate foods. You can get food poisoning from eating contaminated or undercooked meat or raw fish.

Symptoms of a stomach bug:

  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Weight loss
  • Joint aches
  • Muscle aches


Symptoms of food poisoning:

  • Stomach cramping
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle ashes
  • Sweating
  • Thirst
  • General malaise
  • In severe cases,
  • Bloody stool or vomit
  • Severe abdominal cramping
  • Shock
  • Loss of consciousness

To prevent getting the stomach flu, wash your hands more often and stay home from work or school for at least three days until you feel better. To prevent food poisoning avoid eating undercook meat or raw fish and if the food looks or smells questionable throw it out.

While many symptoms of the stomach bug and food poisoning are similar, it’s important to determine which sickness you may have. The symptoms of food poisoning:

  • occur more quickly after exposure
  • are usually more severe than symptoms of a stomach bug
  • are usually shorter in duration than symptoms of a stomach bug

Food poisoning is more likely to require medical attention since the symptoms are generally more severe than the symptoms of gastroenteritis. People can usually manage either condition with rest, hydration, and medical treatment. Food poisoning may require antibiotics as well.

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