The following are symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning:
- Abdominal pain
- Muscle pains
- Blood in the stool
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The illness that results from most types of Salmonella poisoning, salmonellosis, is characterized by diarrhea and intestinal symptoms. Diarrhea, an upset stomach and abdominal pains may result from an infection of this type. In some cases these symptoms are accompanied by a mild fever.
The symptoms, particularly diarrhea, usually appear six to seventy-two hours after initial contact with the bacteria. The illness is usually mild enough so that no treatment is required, and passes in two to seven days.
If there is a high fever, blood in the stools or severe dehydration, a doctor should be consulted. These cases may require hospitalization and antibiotics.
People sickened can become seriously ill and die. We have handled several wrongful death cases and cases where the person sickened survived but suffered permanent injury, including brain damage and reactive arthritis.
Most people with diarrhea recover completely without treatment. However, in some cases salmonellosis can cause reactive arthritis. People who develop this kind of arthritis have joint pains, irritation of the eyes, and a painful sensation during urination. This condition can last for months or years. It sometimes leads to a difficult-to-treat case of chronic arthritis. Antibiotic treatment for the original food poisoning does not make a difference in the later development of arthritis.
Salmonella Typhi can cause an illness called typhoid. Typhoid, characterized by a high fever, is life-threatening. The fever may be accompanied by a feeling of weakness, headache, and in some cases, rose-colored spots. Although typhoid fever is common in the developing world, there are only about 400 cases reported in the U.S. each year. The vast majority of those cases are acquired while traveling in foreign countries. There is a vaccine for typhoid fever that is recommended for people traveling to the developing world. People who are diagnosed with typhoid are given a treatment of antibiotics.
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