The symptoms usually start within a few days of eating the food that caused the infection.
Sometimes they start after a few hours or not for a few weeks.
Most food poisoning is rarely serious and usually gets better within a week. You can normally treat yourself or your child at home.
These symptoms could also be a viral infection (Noro virus - see below) usually picked up by being in contact with people who are ill or contaminated surfaces or simply form poor personal hygiene. For example: not washing hands before eating food such as pizza, chicken wings and fried chicken and other foods eaten with hands.
You can usually treat yourself or your child at home.
The symptoms usually pass within a week.
Stay off school or work until the symptoms have stopped for 2 days. This is when you're most infectious.
You can catch food borne illness if you eat something that has been contaminated with germs.
Food poisoning is usually caused by:
- campylobacter bacteria – the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK
- salmonella bacteria
- E. coli bacteria