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How Long Does Food Poisoning Last?

How Long Does Food Poisoning Last?


Most cases of food poisoning last for 24-48 hours.

More Info: In most cases, symptoms of food poisoning subside within a day or two.  There are circumstances where food poisoning may last longer or cause more serious complications such as cases in infants and the elderly, those with a serious medical condition, those traveling internationally, and those with suppressed immune systems.

How to Treat Food Poisoning

To ease your symptoms and help the food poisoning to subside as quickly as possible you must treat the condition properly.  Here are a few tips to hasten your recovery:

  • Avoid dairy products
  • Avoid solid foods
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Add an electrolyte fluid to children’s diet

When to Seek Medical Attention

Food poisoning and its complications can result in death.  Certain toxins such as those found in some mushrooms and shellfish can be lethal when ingested.  Botulism can also be fatal.

  • Blood is present in your stool
  • You have diarrhea and/or vomiting and are unable to keep any liquids down
  • Diarrhea persists for more than two-three days
  • You have a fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit
  • You are experiencing dizziness

Food Poisoning Emergency Symptoms

If you experience any of the following symptoms, seek medical assistance immediately.

  • You believe your symptoms are due to ingesting mushrooms, fish, or botulism
  • You are experiencing heart palpitations or racing
  • Your stool is maroon or black



Center for Disease Control – How Are Foodborne Diseases Diagnosed, Retrieved September 26, 2010 from

Center for Disease Control – How Are Foodborne Diseases Treated?, Retrieved September 26, 2010 from – Report a Problem with Food Poisoning, Retrieved September 26, 2010 from

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