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What Exactly Is Food Poisoning?

November 6, 2019

…and I ate this burrito and I think I got
food poisoning… That sucks, how long was the incubation period? *confused* what?? Hey everyone, Trace here for DNews! My buddy
Jared who runs the DNews social media pages got food poisoning today, so we thought we’d
pull back the curtain on foodborne illness. People CALL it food poisoning, but the medical
community call it foodborne illness, which makes sense. You’re not being poisoned by
food, but infected by something that’s living on the food. Commonly, food poisoning is caused
by bacteria, viruses, molds, toxins, parasites or allergens. They range from the fairly well known, E.
Coli and Salmonella to the far less known campylobacter, toxoplasma, listeria and clostridium
perfringens (clostridEum per-fringe-ens). According to the FDA, most foodborne illnesses
go away on their own and don’t have lasting effects — but there are those, like E. Coli
O157:H7 which can cause kidney failure and death if not treated properly. Not all e.coli
is bad, by the way. Some e.coli is part of your natural gut bacteria! A number of things can result in food being
“poisoned” or infected. Most often, according to the Mayo Clinic, food poisoning comes from
food that’s mishandled or not cooked properly. Maybe it’s left under the warmer too long,
not refrigerated properly, handled by a person who didn’t wash their hands, or touched a
surface that wasn’t recently cleaned. Every contaminant has an ideal condition, and they
vary from bacteria to virus. And though you might be thinking, YES! I was
at that place around the corner and TOTALLY got it from there, you might be wrong. Some
of these foodborne illnesses can strike days or weeks after exposure because it takes a
while for the organism to replicate in your body and strike — this is the incubation
period. The most common pathogens, C. Perfringens,
Salmonella and the Norovirus have short incubation periods ranging from 6-72 hours. All three
cause diarrhea, but while salmonella and norovirus ALSO cause vomiting, c. perfringens doesn’t!
E.coli and campylobacter incubate for several days before striking and both result in severe
diarrhea containing blood, and vomiting. Toxoplasma can incubate for weeks and produce no symptoms
at all, and listeria can live in your body from three to SEVENTY DAYS before showing
flu-like symptoms! You could eat something two weeks before Halloween and not feel it
til Christmas! Some cases of food poisoning or food borne
illness are even mistaken for the flu, because people can’t remember when they ate at that
dodgy deli. And again, most of the time, you’ll just get better on your own, thanks to the
immune system. But you won’t feel awesome. These diseases cause diarrhea because they’re
inhibiting your body from absorbing nutrients and water OR they’re causing MORE water to
be added into the bowel. This means your body has to pass all that stuff out of your digestive
system, and in a hurry. If you’re nerds, like us,
you can look up your symptoms on and know what you got, how long you’ve had
it, and what probably caused it! It’s, like, really nerdy. Also — drink lots of water,
but NOT caffeine or dairy because your stomach is already irritated, those will make it worse.
Make sure you consume some broth or electrolyte drink to keep some nutrients flowing too.
And, speaking of flow, DON’T try and stop the flow out yer butt with anti-diarrhea meds.
You’re body’s doing it on purpose, you’ll just get in the way, literally. If you see
blood, call a doctor. When was the last time you got food poisoning? Where’d you get it? Tell us down below in the comments and be
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  • Reply Felicia Facci May 27, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    I feel so so bad. I can never eat or think of perogies again or then I feel like barfing

  • Reply Disorderly Bee June 2, 2018 at 3:17 am

    I got stupid diarrhea once from a chinese restaurant..I never threw up from food poisoning.

  • Reply Sarah Parker June 2, 2018 at 9:13 am

    I have it right now, freakn sucks ???

  • Reply StrettyHS 313 June 6, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    I have mild food poisoning right now. threw up this morning once. stool was become watery but not had any bad diarrhoea yet. woke up with stomach cramps, feeling weak and headache. not good.

  • Reply Helplessshi June 13, 2018 at 12:48 am

    Applebees got me here

  • Reply chicken fried rice June 16, 2018 at 1:32 am

    Once i had food poisoning for a straight two days

  • Reply Danieell. Escobarr June 17, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Taco bell?

  • Reply dollface Gurly June 19, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Me today

  • Reply Okoboji June 20, 2018 at 3:43 am

    I’ve been looking all over YouTube, and I can’t find any videos explaining why people avoid foods they once liked if they became violently ill (throwing up all over the place) shortly eating that food. Here’s an example from my own life. When I was 7 years old, I went to a kid’s birthday party down the street where I lived. I ate birthday cake at this kid’s birthday. Then shortly after the party, my dad and I went to see a movie. During the film, I did not feel well and I threw up. We moved to different seats in the theater, and within minutes, I threw up again, only this time, I didn’t stop. As we got up to leave the theater, I threw up all the way up the aisle, through the lobby, out the door and across the parking lot. I was throwing up so much, I couldn’t breathe. Even after seeing a doctor, I threw up more at night. I was so thirsty I would have killed for a glass of water, but I threw it back up right after drinking it. After that experience, I really did not like birthday cake, and I avoided it like the plague. For my 8th birthday forward, I asked my mother to bake me a pie because I thought birthday cake was disgusting. Before then, I liked cake with frosting, but even now, I don’t like it. The only exception is Baskin Robbins ice cream cake, which doesn’t gross me out.

  • Reply julio alvarez June 22, 2018 at 2:23 am

    I threw up at 3 in the morning and couldn’t fall asleep for 3 hours

  • Reply kyra manpula June 29, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    please help mei accidentally ate spoiled spaghetti. after 4 hours i started pooping ang puking the worst is i have constipation helpppp

  • Reply Its Ya boy June 30, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    McDonald got me here . Ate some cheeseburgers , couple hours later threw up and had watery diarrhea ?

  • Reply Rashid Ather Deshmukh July 1, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    I am having it now

  • Reply Claire Redfield July 6, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Pearls hamburgers sf

  • Reply Ashido Mina July 8, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    this is why I eat cooked sushi (the fish not the actual roll)

  • Reply rafael nunez July 9, 2018 at 3:51 am

    Taco Bell got me here…

  • Reply Some Slav With Sunglasses July 14, 2018 at 4:13 am

    I ate moldy food on accident yesterday than threw up and got a migraine for the rest of the day

  • Reply WarlordRising July 14, 2018 at 4:34 am

    Experienced it once after eating a curiously undercooked helping of baked beans at a BBQ. Vomited all day. Felt as if I were in the throes of death. Slept damn near 48 hours straight. Whatever was lurking in that food was extremely virulent.

  • Reply WarlordRising July 14, 2018 at 4:39 am

    I can't imagine how some of these vloggers who constantly consume street/festival food avoid it. Consuming various food items that have been left out in the open environment for hours/sometimes days.

  • Reply 007JAVAID July 15, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    food poisoning is a good way to interrogate ppl

  • Reply AntiHappyNugget July 16, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    Taco Bell Gave Me Food Poisoning… Dont Eat The Nacho Frys ._.

  • Reply Thanosbus69 July 16, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    hot n ready pizza made me sick

  • Reply Mildret solange zelada munares July 20, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    todayy 🙁

  • Reply Mildret solange zelada munares July 20, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    todayy 🙁

  • Reply Disorderly Bee July 20, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    Wawa got me here.

  • Reply Jennaa _ July 21, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Probably got salmonella poisoning. threw up 5 times yesterday and had to go to the emergency lol. They just gave me a drug that stops throwing up but fam my stomach keeps grumbling and I keep farting. Let's hope this goes away

  • Reply Yagurl Renii July 28, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    Last year when me and my school went on a field trip, on the last day when we ate burritos I ate 2 and we was on our way to the school I got very ill and threw up for a week it was horrible

  • Reply Nikky 606 July 29, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Slowly putting the taco in my mouth

  • Reply Shadow Skully July 30, 2018 at 3:42 am

    God damn Taco Bell ?

  • Reply igot7 coco August 1, 2018 at 3:54 am

    Lol I actually thought you get poison by food

  • Reply nest ocasio August 3, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    i was in the hospital all night so much pain men

  • Reply Danii A. Shella August 8, 2018 at 4:22 am

    it start happening when I eat my dinner Sunday I start to feel week

  • Reply D Hilton August 10, 2018 at 8:49 pm

  • Reply EXOTiC PLAYZ August 11, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Man, I'm never eating baloney again!!!

  • Reply R August 13, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    Bloody stools.

  • Reply ツArcxzy August 16, 2018 at 9:45 pm


  • Reply JustSomeRando August 18, 2018 at 1:44 am

    Ugh my lower stomache hurts bcuz of this and i keep getting random hearburns

  • Reply YYZpresto September 3, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Thanks Chipotle.

  • Reply Jasmine Watson September 5, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    I've got food poisoning and I've been in bed all day whoop feel like death

  • Reply Square pear September 10, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    I got food poisoning like a year ago from camping I'm vomited the in a car and had severe cramping and didn't eat anything that day

  • Reply N.A.N.I ?! September 11, 2018 at 12:00 am

    I was about to eat food poisoning (i think)
    I microwaved a little cake that was in a plastic cup,so can someone tell me if I have that in my cake rn? Cuz I don’t wanna feel like death like these people in the comments,god bless who has it ?

  • Reply Jazzyspork September 16, 2018 at 8:24 am

    Currently, have food poisoning found outlaying in child pose without your arms out feels comfortable…..
    Never eating at chilies ever again

  • Reply you’llneverknow?‍♀️ September 19, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    This is the worst sickness I’ve ever dealt with. I’d rather be hungover! It doesn’t even compare. ???

  • Reply trevor stroud September 19, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    Just got over it…why im watching this vid…

  • Reply Mustapha Aidid September 22, 2018 at 2:36 am

    I think am having one right now

  • Reply Short Boi September 24, 2018 at 7:16 am

    Annnd….Jack n the box freaking poisoned me. How nice.

  • Reply OGLaJordan September 24, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Fucking chipotle

  • Reply The Don October 2, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    I have food poisoning due to eating a barbecue in morroco, I had 1 week of diarrhoea and now I have severe stomach cramps and constipation. This is the worse thing I have had ever, that’s the problem with barbecues, they can be not cooked meat correctly and will kick it off. It takes over your life and the quality of life

  • Reply NovaWebdesigns October 3, 2018 at 12:48 am

    Yes, I currently have food poisoning and feel
    Like crap I got it from eating McDonald’s fried snack wrap.

  • Reply JonX Fc October 3, 2018 at 12:50 am

    I feel like fucking death.

  • Reply Jose Gutierrez October 3, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    Pineapple got me here

  • Reply Arluster Lattimore October 4, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Buffalo Wild me here ?

  • Reply Kellesha Mc Eachnie October 9, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    This morning

  • Reply RailCityFishes October 15, 2018 at 11:25 am

    This is not fun.

  • Reply O O October 16, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Oh shit

    No joke this is bad

  • Reply Jackson Stepanian October 18, 2018 at 3:28 am

    who else got food poisoning and now watches and make sure everything you eat is perfectly cooked

  • Reply Corinth Greene October 21, 2018 at 4:33 am

    Chinese buffet got me here???

  • Reply Smug Smugly November 1, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    My cousin lives in Venezuela and his house doesn't have any furniture or anything, and if he gets sick it's basically all on him. All his fault for cooking bad food. Live by sword die by sword

  • Reply Jerry Segovia November 7, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    Chick flay

  • Reply Lasagna Cat November 8, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    This is dumb but I got food poisoning from a pot noodle I didn't prepear probably

  • Reply KarllyleWatchAnime 120 November 12, 2018 at 8:26 am

    I have food poisoning so my mom dont now so yeah i feel like im ganna die

  • Reply hozan xoshnaw November 14, 2018 at 7:16 am

    I eat somefood end up in hospital for 3 day no eating just water and my heart rate was 137 and the worst thing was i would not hold my baby becouse of the body was not working and so weak

  • Reply AiErudito __-_-__ November 18, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Got it at a family BBQ. Weeks later i got sick while in a school camp. We were doing a night walk activity n i vomited. They thought i was possessed. Even taking sips of water made me throw up. Freakin horrible.

  • Reply *If you don’t reply army I’ll kill you* November 19, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    I got it from pizza… GODAMN IT PIZZA

  • Reply Raving Rabbid November 20, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    I got food poisoning right now the funny part is that when I vomit I just say "OH YEAH ENERGY" or "PARTY ON!" or "I HAD TO MUCH DRINKS" but yeah I'm just laying next to my toilet if you guys have it well good luck Buddy :'3

  • Reply Kevtech733 kennedy_welding November 24, 2018 at 4:11 am

    Food Poisoning
    I have it right now?

  • Reply Orion Doherty December 1, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    1.i woke up happy
    3. I poo
    4. I vomit
    5. I have bad pain
    6. I have the runs
    7 the next day
    My order 1,4,3,5,6,7,2

  • Reply Michelle Choy December 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm


  • Reply Ethan Vaughn December 10, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    I have food poisoning from ARBY’S

  • Reply Undead Nightmare DemoDragon King164. December 12, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    0:58 oh great now I'm parinoid again!

  • Reply Hi There December 15, 2018 at 12:43 am

    This might've not even been food poisoning but I still want to share it. I was visiting a city (I'd rather not mention the name of it) and got a steak, which was really good. My friend got the same thing, and we were both vomiting and pooping out straight water a lot 2 days later. It sucked, but it only lasted about a day or two.

  • Reply ROXANA G.PEREZ December 16, 2018 at 8:36 am

    hay hay dios,oh lord im real sick i order a Boliche with white rice fry banana, soup,lentejas green beans, them i save it was very hot.i will tell you i went to McDonals calle 8 street i'm talking MIAMI,FLORIDA
    with all my Respect,pero but No No everyone have Rats,Bactetias,
    God is my witness.? ?they need to clean? more and wash there ? yes
    i see them going and they flush ??Ladys clean your self,but i ???because you can get in serious.Troublem.
    sabiendo como es Miami,knowing how this City of Miami.Oh God, is a Mafia? Yes the true when i was joke ing.i'm going to be cop? they almost ??????????kkkkkilllllll me
    Ha Ha the alies? are afrait to come here because our ecoli,haha is a joke
    my friend i feel like if i was going to Die is 24 hours,and i can't Stop,?Diarreah, i have orange tree lemon,garli,clean water mix it blend and drink it i'm getting better, old India,Remedist Remedios de BC- D2- Cristo my family are Arabe they used everything to get better my grandmother.was1103? year, but they din't have all this
    Food,and people
    are ??.i'm going back to my diet,????????????????????????????????☕NO,NO MORE
    ???????????????????????NO THIS??????I'M SAVE DRIVER don't "DRINK"
    i get real sick i'm bless,??

  • Reply SirenOfMorning13 December 17, 2018 at 1:38 am

    I got it once and it was lasagna from a hospital of all places. No diarrhea but I was vomiting like I was possessed by something horrendously evil. I finally stopped after awhile but I had no appetite for a day or so.

  • Reply Martel 125 December 17, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    I heard someone that ik got food poisoning from a restaurant and it was Chipotle

  • Reply Kaitlyn Roberts December 19, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    McDonald’s put me here 🙁

  • Reply Cristiano Ronaldo December 21, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    Peanut butter jelly sandwich.

    Never again…

  • Reply Sherica Hardin December 30, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    I got e coli

  • Reply Ian Worcester December 31, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    My god I had food poising all morning, felt like rather dying then keep going. Dang shrimp poisoned me

  • Reply Mr. BladeGaming January 12, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    I Got Food Poisoning From a Brownie. -_-

  • Reply Bashir Diouf January 17, 2019 at 4:06 am

    When I was suffering from food poisoning I shat in my pants

  • Reply john donovan January 21, 2019 at 10:32 am

    this weekend. i assume chicken. cant say which/where. had chickn every day last week.

  • Reply William Bilyou February 2, 2019 at 3:18 am

    Jack blacks little brother…..flap jack

  • Reply Essence abegail February 2, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Yes I currently have food poison and anytime I eat I feel I want to long it takes I cant eat nothing solid I got it from a friend fish and fried platies at my cousin house ???

  • Reply MeganØØF 2005 February 14, 2019 at 11:27 am

    Once I drank 2 day old milk to make cup of tea and I was fine the next day?

  • Reply MeganØØF 2005 February 14, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Am I gonna die

  • Reply Joshua J February 26, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    I currently have food poisoning and i think im dying.

  • Reply slayer 1 March 2, 2019 at 4:19 am

    What if you only eat home food and eat out at a restaurant once to twice a month and each time and only each time you get sick never win at home that kind of blows your logic out of the water doesn't it

  • Reply CeeJezus March 12, 2019 at 5:25 am

    Ate subway started to throw up heavily to at a point I was nocked down on the cold floor which was my best place to me Bc I was so heated with cold sweats felt like I was throwing my insides up which i prob was doing.

  • Reply Bevila March 23, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    I think i had food posoning again tossing turning kept me a wake all night till the early morning i could"nt help my self by being sick a few times on the floor by side of the bed even then i still didnt feel right when i got up felt terrible as soon as i opened my bedroom door i was bending down being sick again in passage corridor i lost my appetite to eat of drink anything for few hours and most of the sickness was coffee drank on empty stomach and two small chocolate cake rolls i eaten last night. It amazing really how the body rejects it out of the body being sick..

  • Reply Okeh Okeh March 31, 2019 at 8:56 am

    I'm currently food poisened and i want to kill myself ivve been in the toiled like 30 times and threw up like 10+

  • Reply Danielaa ! April 11, 2019 at 1:49 am

    I got it from burgerking.

  • Reply Makayla K April 15, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    I hope I don’t die

  • Reply Daniel Hood April 27, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    Food borne illness is a different thing than infectious food poisoning or toxic food poisoning

  • Reply Sergio Reyes May 5, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    God bless every good citizens amen amen amen amen amen amen amen 5 s.c.r.b Reyes Barron Rodriguez friends humildemente recommend this

  • Reply Clara Lucido June 10, 2019 at 5:32 am

    Be careful watch you eat some times it only lats 24 so that’s up side the down Sade it it no fun ❗️???????????

  • Reply Elizabeth Corkins July 29, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    I had it last about 2 weeks ago.

  • Reply Japheth Webster August 3, 2019 at 11:05 am

    I had some oysters in the Dominican Republic 2 hours later I started vomiting diarrhoea it's been now 2 weeks since I've been feeling sick still have a little bit of muscle pain still can't go to the bathroom normal my body still feeling weak I don't know what to do I did want to the hospital there I got up this morning and I feel like I'm gonna go back to the hospital now that im home I just came back last night everything I touch feels extra cold the bottom of my foot feel painful at time this is the worst feeling i ever felt in my life anything you can tell me please

  • Reply onigiri art August 9, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    christmas- too much fairlife

  • Reply TtvAdamb23 2k September 17, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    its been 5 days and still feel bad. Help! please

  • Reply Ke'Ivana's World October 18, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    I’ve been in the house for 3DAYS! I miss the sun. I got it from Subway?

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