What are the symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning?

Symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning generally begin within eight to 72 hours after ingesting food or beverages contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. With proper care to avoid dehydration, generally healthy adults can begin to see improvement in their symptoms within a couple of days and can recover completely within about a week.

Salmonella food poisoning symptoms include:

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, Salmonella food poisoning can result in serious or life-threatening complications, such as severe dehydration and Reiter’s syndrome. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these symptoms:

  • Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness

  • Change in mental status or sudden behavior change, such as confusion, delirium, lethargy, hallucinations and delusions

  • Dizziness

  • Dry, cracked lips, mouth or tongue

  • Eye irritation

  • In infants: a sunken fontanel (soft spot) on the top of the head, lethargy, no tears with crying, and few or no wet diapers

  • Not urinating or urinating small amounts of tea-colored urine

  • Painful joints

  • Painful urination

  • Weakness (loss of strength)


What is Salmonella food poisoning?

Salmonella food poisoning is the most common cause of foodborne illness. Salmonella food poisoning, also known as salmonellosis, is a bacterial infection caused by a variety of types of Salmonella bacteria.... Read more about salmonella food poisoningintroduction


What causes Salmonella food poisoning?

Salmonella food poisoning is caused by an infection of the gastrointestinal tract, or digestive tract, by a variety of types of Salmonella bacteria. Salmonella food poisoning is spread by eating or drinking food or beverages that have been contaminated with feces that contain Salmonella bacteria.... Read more about salmonella food poisoningcauses


How is Salmonella food poisoning treated?

Healthy adults may recover from mild to moderate cases of Salmonella food poisoning without medical treatment. However, it is always a good idea to seek medical care if you have symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning, such as fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps.... Read more about salmonella food poisoningtreatments

Medical Reviewer: McDonough, Brian MD Last Annual Review Date: Jan 8, 2011 Copyright: © Copyright 2011 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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