The holidays are not the only time of the year that you can get food poisoning. Any time there is food at an event or you are cooking dinner, there is a chance of food poisoning if you are not careful.

Because food poisoning is relatively common, our team at AFC Urgent Care Dedham wants to share some insight into how and why it occurs. Read on as we take a look.

Am I at Risk for Food Poisoning?

Food poisoning can happen to anyone at any time. It occurs due to eating contaminated food or drinking a contaminated beverage.

Because of their immune systems, pregnant women, young children and the elderly are at a higher risk than others to get food poisoning. Essentially, anyone with a suppressed immune system is at a higher risk to get food poisoning.

Main Causes of Food Poisoning

  • Bacteria
  • Parasites
  • Viruses

How Do You Know Whether You Have Food Poisoning or a Stomach Virus?

This can be difficult, since the two conditions often have similar and unpleasant symptoms, including vomiting or diarrhea.

The difference between the two comes down to the source of the illness—food poisoning, logically, is related to food. The stomach virus on the other hand is the result of exposure to a virus that’s passed from person to person. If you have food poisoning, its effects will typically go away within a day or so after the food has left your system.

Food Poisoning Prevention

  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Wash worktops.
  • Wash dishcloths.
  • Use separate chopping boards.
  • Keep raw meat separate from ready-to-eat foods.
  • Cook food thoroughly.
  • Refrigerate leftovers quickly.
  • Watch use-by dates.

Not sure whether you’re experiencing food poisoning or a stomach bug/ Stop by AFC Urgent Care Dedham today for a medical evaluation or treatment plan. No appointment is necessary!