Regardless of if you’ve got the flu or what is commonly called a “stomach bug” or food poisoning, you may be experiencing nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea. Headache, stomach cramps, fever, muscle pain and other symptoms may also accompany either illness. The great news is that both sicknesses are treated in similar ways: rest, hydration and, in some cases, costly prescribed medications.
However, a diagnosis of one or the other illness may be helpful so that you know what to expect and what treatment to seek. The onsets of food poisoning normally appear within 2 to 24 hours after eating a contaminated food product. The flu may come on within one to ten days of exposure to another individual with the disease. Trying to find out if you’ve come in contact with another person with the flu, or if, alternatively, other people you’ve been sharing food with have the same symptoms you do can help in a determination of the cause of your particular illness.
Regardless of the cause, you should consult a doctor and a lawyer if your symptoms are moderate to severe and/or last for more than 24 hours and you feel that you were the victim of food poisoning. It may be difficult to determine what brought on a bout of gastroenteritis, but a healthcare professional also may be able to help you in that regard and a lawyer will help you recover any medical fees incurred while being sickened due to improper handling of food or food utensils as required by standard food safety practices.