Chicken is one ingredient that is loved by many people of all ages. From fried to grilled, or from kebabs to salads and many other recipes, chicken is served in almost every cuisine. With the popularity of chickens, poultry hatcheries have become important in order to supply the demand of many people. And from these hatcheries or farms came the problem with the handling of chickens and the rather infamous problem with salmonella and campylobacter. And since then, chicken food poisoning has also risen in terms of infamy. But how do I know if I have raw chicken food poisoning?
Food poisoning, like other food-borne diseases, is a life threatening problem that occurs when foods containing bacteria, viruses, toxins and other poisonous substances, are consumed. Animal products such as meat, eggs, shellfish, milk, and poultry (i.e. chicken), contain pathogens that cause food poisoning. These products are considered to be the most potential source of food poisoning. Major bacteria that cause food-borne diseases are campylobacter, listeria, E. coli, and salmonella that is common in raw chickens. These bacteria live in the intestinal tracts of the animals and remain there until poorly served on our dinner plates, hence, causing food poisoning.
Symptoms of raw chicken food poisoning
So what are the symptoms of raw chicken food poisoning? People who have chicken food poisoning experience having high fever, abdominal pains, nausea, upset stomach, prolonged vomiting, and diarrhea. In most cases, these symptoms of food poisoning appear within a range of 24 to 48 hours from the time when the contaminated chicken was eaten; the time before the symptoms are observed is called the incubation period.
The length of time that food poisoning lasts depends on the severity of symptoms. If the bout of food poisoning is more serious, then chances are it will last longer. And when a person has a weakened immune system, then he or she is at greater risk and danger if and when chicken food poisoning happens. The greater the severity of a food poisoning, the worse the symptoms will be. People under such severe cases will start to vomit blood, sometimes continuously for more than 2 days. Diarrhea also lasts longer than 3 days under such circumstances. There are also signs of blood in bowel movements, high temperatures exceeding 38.6 degrees Celsius, severe exhaustion, rapid heartbeat, and an intense dizziness. From food poisoning, symptoms of dehydration also begin to show in more serious cases.
When these symptoms are observed, it is best to consult immediately with a doctor. Laboratory tests may be conducted in order to determine the kind of bacteria that caused the poisoning; after which, proper treatment will surely be given by the doctor. But if the symptoms and infection are mild, then even without going to the hospital, a person is likely to recover within 2 to 5 days.
To avoid such bad conditions from raw chicken food poisoning, it is advisable to maintain a clean hygiene by properly washing hands before and after handling the food. Also remember to always properly cook poultry for the cooking process greatly helps in the killing of bacteria that dwell in the chicken. Remember too to check the expiry date when purchasing raw chicken. Follow these guidelines to prevent food poisoning and in order to enjoy the meals that you love.