Dr Oz: Stomach Flu Vs Food Poisoning
Sometimes when your intestines decide to act up, you are sidelined. You might not know for sure whether you have the stomach flu or food poisoning, but Dr Oz is going to help us figure out how to tell the difference. Plus, learn about favorite foods that could be dangerous to your health. Dr Oz put two audience members through a game to help explain the symptoms of stomach flu vs food poisoning.
Dr Oz: Sudden Abdominal Pain Symptom
If you have sudden abdominal pain, vomiting, or watery diarrhea, do you know what this can tell you about your condition? It is one of the major differences between the two conditions.
This is a big clue to food poisoning, because of the sudden onset of symptoms. Stomach virus symptoms build gradually.
Dr Oz: Lasting Abdominal Symptoms
What if you have moderate symptoms, but they last for multiple days? That is a clue that the problem is the stomach flu. Food poisoning tends to clear up within a day or so, but stomach flu can persist for a few days.
Dr Oz: Blood in Diarrhea
Would you know what to do if you had blood in your diarrhea? Dr Oz said that this is a telltale sign of food poisoning as well.
That is because of the bacteria invading the intestines, which causes bleeding. Stomach flu tends to last longer, but should not cause bleeding.
Dr Oz: Are You Being Food Poisoned?
When food travels through the intestines, cells in the walls will absorb the food’s nutrients. That means not too much makes it all the way through the digestive system.
However, bacteria can actually scrape off the lining. That can cause damage and leave you unprotected the next time you eat. That means everything is leaking out as Diarrhea. That’s what creates a sensation that sometimes feel watery.
But sometimes Diarrhea can be deadly serious. Do you know whether you are at risk for food poisoning at home?
Dr Oz: Bacteria on Leftover Rice
Did you know that leftover rice could be dangerous? It can be tainted with heat-resistant bacteria that does not cook off. Don’t ever leave rice out at room temperature; keeping it in the fridge will slow the growth. Don’t keep it in the fridge for longer than three days.
Dr Oz: Refreezing Ice Cream
What about one of our favorite desserts, Ice Cream? Though it’s stored in the freezer, thawing it out lets bacteria grow. When you refreeze it, this can lock in that bacteria. Avoid an ice cream container in the grocery store with frost on the outside.
Dr Oz: Turkey Food Poisoning
Did you know that 400,000 Americans get food poisoning around Thanksgiving every year? There is a two-hour rule you can use to keep your turkey safe. Do not leave it out of the fridge for more than two hours, and do not pack it more than two inches thick. You should eat all your leftover turkey from the fridge within three to four days to keep yourself healthy at home.
Hopefully these tips will help you know the difference between food poisoning and the flu.