Food poisoning is a common condition that occurs when people consume food or water containing infectious bacteria and viruses. Every year, millions of people in the United States end up with these infections. Noroviruses, E. coli, and salmonella are common causes of nausea, vomiting, and other gastrointestinal symptoms that can begin within hours of eating the contaminated food, though it can take days or even weeks to feel the effects. Symptoms usually pass within a few days.
Vomiting is a telling sign of food poisoning, and the body's attempts to rid itself of toxins often make it difficult for infected people to keep fluids and food down. Most doctors recommend avoiding solid foods until this symptom subsides, though it is important to continue nourishing the body as much as possible. Soft, easy-to-digest foods and plenty of water are best.
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