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I think I have food poisoning, I ate some gammon yesterday that could have been slightly undercooked and I woke up this morning with diarrhoeia and. Feel slightly nauceous

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replied June 30th, 2009
Poisoning and Environmental Health Answer A6886
Given the data you provided (eating gammon which was not completely cooked, diarrhea, nausea), it is possible that you might be experiencing food poisoning. In most cases, the food itself does not contain toxins. However, in specific circumstances (food left in heat, exposed to insects) the food might be contaminated with bacteria.

The insects might transport the bacteria to the food. The heat provides a comfortable environment for the bacteria to multiply. When they produce enough toxins, the symptoms might be detected. The most common symptoms of food poisoning include: nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

If more dangerous bacteria are ingested or the quantity of the toxins was higher, then the liver, which is responsible for detoxification, might be affected, too. The toxins affect the nerves causing the nausea. The diarrhea is provoked by inadequate fluid absorption in the intestines caused by the toxins.

If you suspect that you have signs of food poisoning, then you are highly advised to go to the emergency service as soon as possible, because certain toxins might cause more damage than others and serious complications might occur.

You might have your stomach emptied. Antibiotics might be given to kill the bacteria. The fluids lost with the diarrhea should be replenished orally or intravenously if you keep vomiting. In early signs of intoxication, trying to vomit might prevent part of the toxins from being absorbed in the blood.

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