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Food poisoning is a medical condition caused by ingestion of food or water that contains bacteria, parasites, viruses, or toxins made by these germs. Most people with food poisoning develop symptoms within a few hours of eating the food. Symptoms subside in 2-3 days in most cases with supportive care such as fluids and medications for vomiting.
Food poisoning in most cases is a self limiting illness which improves in a few days. However, it can become a serious and potentially life threatening illness. Consult a doctor for food poisoning if your symptoms last for more than a few days, you have severe symptoms (such as blood in stool, high fever, recurrent vomiting, or signs of dehydration) or there are neurological symptoms (difficulty in speaking, trouble in swallowing, double vision, muscle weakness).
Food poisoning in most cases is not serious, and the symptoms improve in 24-48 hours. If complications develop, the illness may have a longer course. In some infections such as that of Hepatitis A virus, symptoms may last for about two months and possibly up to six months. Food poisoning because of toxins can have a more prolonged course.