We have found out that flu poisoning and flu are commonly mistaken for one another. That is why we have decided to compare each other with information from reliable sources. And we know that you already know a lot about the flu symptoms, so we are not going to bore you by retelling every detail. With no further ado, let’s start with their symptoms.
Food poisoning symptoms vary with the source of contamination, i.e. different germ that has caused the poisoning results in different symptoms. Most types of food poisoning cause some of the following signs and symptoms:
These signs and symptoms usually begin within hours after eating the contaminated food, but they may even begin days or weeks after. Sickness because of food poisoning usually lasts from a few hours to several days.
At first, the flu may seem like a common cold with a runny nose, sneezing and sore throat. Main difference between them is how fast they develop: colds usually develop slowly, whereas the flu comes on suddenly.
Common signs and symptoms of the flu include:
Color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph showing Salmonella Typhimurium (red).
Cross-contamination, which refers to the transfer of harmful organisms from one surface to another, is often the cause. This is especially alarming for ready-to-eat foods, such as salads or other produce. Since these foods aren’t cooked, harmful organisms aren’t destroyed before eating and can cause food poisoning.
Some germs make you sick within a few hours after you swallow them. Others may take a few days to make you sick. We are quoting from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the list which contains some examples of the germs that cause food poisoning. The sequence is in order of how quickly symptoms begin.
Color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph showing Campylobact.
As you can see, even though flu and food poisoning symptoms are very alike, they are very different from each other. Commonly you can differentiate each other by bloody diarrhea, it is more likely to be a symptom for food poisoning. Surely their causes are much more different than each other, unless you have an electron microscope at home, it is not very easy to tell the difference. But you can always check your upper respiratory tract illnesses via FluAI. Until next week, please try and stay away from raw foods, at least those not very clean.
For more information about flu causing virus influenza:
The link of the list for the food poisoning causing germs:
Mayo Clinic Staff. (2020, June 26). Food poisoning. Retrieved November 11, 2020, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/food-poisoning/symptoms-causes/syc-20356230
NHC (n.d.). National Health Service. Retrieved November 11, 2020, from https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/food-poisoning/
Flu Symptoms & Diagnosis. (2020, August 31). Retrieved November 11, 2020, from https://www.cdc.gov/flu/symptoms/index.html