Ask the Experts: What to do if you get food poisoning?

Q: How do I know if I have food poisoning? Can I self-medicate or should I consult a doctor?

A: Food poisoning occurs when you eat something that contains harmful bacteria or toxins.

Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and/or fever.

The symptoms are similar to those of viral gastroenteritis (stomach flu), which is caused by viruses transmitted through direct or indirect contact with an infected person.

If multiple people fall ill simultaneously after eating food from a common source, food poisoning is the likely case.

Article contributed by Dr Oh Jen Jen, Head and Consultant, Emergency and 24hr Clinic Services of Mount Alvernia Hospital.

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