BOTULISM is a life-threatening condition caused by deadly toxins, which are some of the most powerful known to science. The condition is rare, but extremely serious. Here's how to spot the signs... What is botulism? Botulism is a potentially fatal condition caused by toxins produced by Clostridium botulinum bacteria. These toxins attack the nervous system - made up of the nerves, brain and spinal cord - and can cause paralysis, which spreads down the body from the head to the lungs. If left untreated, this paralysis can spread to the muscles which control your breathing and become fatal in five to 10 per cent of cases. What are the symptoms of botulism? It can take anywhere between a few hours or several days for symptoms of botulism to develop, after exposure to the bacteria or their toxins. Initial symptoms include: Feeling sick Vomiting Stomach cramps Diarrhoea Constipation If the condition has developed further into paralysis, the symptoms include: Drooping eyelids Blurred or … [Read more...] about What is botulism? Causes, definition and symptoms of rare but potentially fatal condition
Signs and symptoms of food poisoning
IT wouldn't be a true British summer without Wimbledon, Pimms, sunburn and, of course, a barbecue. There's nothing quite like being out in the sun with your family and friends, sipping on some rose and cooking up a storm on the barbie. That is, unless, you come down with a nasty case of food poisoning. As temperatures are set to hit 30C again in parts of the country this weekend, you're probably itching to get out the barbecue and bask in the glorious sunshine. Storing your food incorrectly and not cooking it thoroughly can leave you and your family at risk of nasty bugs like E.coli, salmonella and campylobacter. All the bugs can leave you with stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever - all kinds of symptoms that will ruin your sunny weekend. Here's 4 tips to avoid food poisoning this weekend...1. Ice, ice baby Keeping your food cold helps prevent the growth of bacteria. Food should be stored in a fridge at 5C or cooler right up until you start cooking it. Here's the best ways to … [Read more...] about Four simple steps to enjoying your BBQ WITHOUT a dose of food poisoning
Warm weather is an invitation to fire up the garden grill with family and friends but let’s face it – nothing ruins sunny weather like having food poisoning.The common illness, which is caused by bacteria or other toxins hidden in contaminated food, can cause sudden onset nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, leaving you desperately in search of the nearest bathroom.Ireland and the UK suffers over a million cases of food poisoning a year according to the Food Standards Agency..While you can be struck down by it at any time of year, cases tend to peak in the summer months as the warmer weather creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria to multiply.So how best can you tuck into delicious barbecued food and make the most of the hot weather? Here are a few preventative tips for staying safe in the sun.Wash your handsWe all know that the first rule of cooking is to wash your hands thoroughly, but how many of us actually do it? Before handling any food, make sure you clean your … [Read more...] about Hosting a summer BBQ? Here’s how to avoid giving your guests food poisoning
COLITIS is a long-term condition which affects about one in every 420 people in the UK. It can develop at any age, but is usually diagnosed in people from 15 to 25 years old. What is colitis and what are the symptoms? Ulcerative colitis, or colitis, is a condition where the colon and rectum become inflamed. The colon is the large intestine, or bowel, and the rectum is the end of the bowel where stools are stored. Ulcers can develop on the colon's lining and bleed and produce pus. It is similar to another condition which causes inflammation of the gut - Crohn's disease. Symptoms can often be very mild for weeks or months but flare ups with extreme symptoms can cause a lot of pain and trouble for sufferers. Flare ups can include painful and swollen joints, mouth ulcers, areas of painful, red and swollen skin and irritated and red eyes. In addition to this people will often need to empty their bowels six or more times a day and have shortness of breath, a fast or irregular heartbeat, high … [Read more...] about What is colitis and ulcerative colitis, what are the signs and symptoms and how does it differ from Crohn’s disease?
FEELING nauseous? Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between food poisoning and a tummy bug, or if paranoia about that dodgy kebab is making you feel sick. So how quickly does food poisoning normally hit, and how long will the illness last? Here's what we know... How quickly does food poisoning start? The first symptoms of food poisoning normally come on about one or two hours after eating contaminated food - although they could take a few hours, or even weeks, to develop. The main symptoms include: Tummy cramps Loss of appetite Nausea/feeling sick Vomiting Diarrhoea (which may contain blood or mucus) Lack of energy/weakness High temperature Aching muscles Chills How long does food poisoning last? Food poisoning can be a nasty illness, but the good news is most cases will pass without treatment. It may take a few days for you to recover, and the NHS recommend resting up at home and drinking plenty of water. When you do feel up to eating, it's best to stick to bland foods like … [Read more...] about How quickly does food poisoning start, how long does it last and can beef, pork, fish and mussels cause it?