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FOOD & NUTRITION BLOG
So you’ve been feeling under the weather? But how do you know if it’s a seasonal flu or if it’s food poisoning? In light of recent events of the Shigella outbreak at one of our local Mexican seafood restaurants, Mariscos San Juan, it is important to be aware of where your illness is coming from. Luckily, even though symptoms of the flu and food poisoning are similar, there are some key differences that will help you determine the next course of action to treat it.
Eatright.org has compiled a very clean table to help you identify what your symptoms could be alluding to:
In a nutshell, the flu is a respiratory illness that affects your lungs, nose, and throat. You may get a fever, feel chills, have headaches, sweating, and nasal congestion. This is rare in food poisoning episodes. Food poisoning, typically, will affect your gastrointestinal system resulting in vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, and abdominal pain and cramps.
It’s always a good rule of thumb to think back to when you started having symptoms and to record the date and a description of the symptoms and what you ate or drank that day. Having clear documentation of what and when symptoms started to occur can give you a clearer picture of what you may have.
To protect yourself against FOOD POISONING make sure to always:
If you suspect you have FOOD POISONING:
To protect yourself against the FLU make sure to always:
If you already have the FLU:
This may seem all intuitive, but knowledge is power and you would be surprised at the number of people who don’t know the difference between flu and food poisoning.
Be healthy, happy, and safe! Hang in there Spartans, only 2 more weeks until Thanksgiving break! :D