Can someone suffer from chicken food poisoning? How long does it last? What are some of the common symptoms? What is the best treatment? What about raw chicken food poisoning?
Have you recently or are you currently hit by a serious bout of food poisoning from chicken, it is expected you will have all manner of questions including all the above and much more. You didn’t expect it to happen after enjoying your chicken nuggets, sandwiches, barbecued, wings, liver, chicken noodle soup, chicken, and salad, etc. but unfortunately something went wrong somewhere. We are here to cover the issue of in details.
One thing you should know is that “chicken is one of the worst offenders when it comes to food poisoning”[medic8.com] and it must be handled with much care to avoid it happening.
Understanding food poisoning in poultry
Poultry is a general term that includes turkey, goose, chicken, and duck. However, when it comes to this problem, chicken is one of the main culprits when compared to other geese, turkeys, or ducks.
What causes it
While looking at the causes, we will mention both the parasites responsible as well as some environments or conditions that might encourage it to occur i.e. causing bacteria and how chicken food poisoning occurs. This will help you prevent chances of it happening again.
Which are the involved bacteria?
It is caused by two main types of bacteria namely:
This bacteria is known to cause “acute diarrhea and is transmitted by consuming contaminated food, unpasteurized milk or water. It is also transmitted through contact with infected wild animals, infants, and pets” [newhealthadvisor.com].
Besides the normal symptoms that include malaise, vomiting, diarrhea that may be blood stained, abdominal pain, etc. Furthermore, it can cause serious problems such as nerve and brain problems and reactive arthritis. However, these cases are very rare.
In case of salmonella, symptoms show between 8 and 72 hours and they will include things such as muscle aches or pain, vomiting, diarrhea, bloody stool, chills, nausea, etc. We will see more on symptoms.
The above two types of bacteria are often found in poultry and poultry product (including eggs), red meat, and in unpasteurized milk.
Naturally, salmonella and campylobacter exist in intestines of livestock and poultry. These bacteria can get into human being’s food chain via feces or through a slaughtered livestock.
Finally, people with weakened immunity such as those suffering from cancer or HIV/AIDS will tend to be affected by more often than those who have a stronger immunity.
How does it happen
Chicken poisoning can result from poor (unhygienic) as well as poor storage and preparation. For instance:
- Not allowing it to defrost well
- Consuming it after its date of sell has passed i.e. spoiled chicken food poisoning
- Cooking it at wrong temperatures
- Eating before it is not cooked for the allowed time lengths
- Letting fresh its juice drip on already cooked foods
- Using the same chopping board for raw and cooked chicken
- You can also get food poisoning from the left out (old cooked) because this makes it easy for the above bacteria thrive
- Washing it before cooking can spread the bacteria causing food poisoning to the rest of the kitchen. Washing cannot remove the bacteria
Undercooked and raw
What happens if you eat undercooked chicken? In case of raw chicken food poisoning, how long does it take to show symptoms or get well? Can you suffer from this condition? What are raw chicken chances?
The answer is obviously yes and the chances are pretty high. You can actually get food poisoning from raw and undercooked chicken and on how long, it will take the same duration as the case of any other causes. What really matters is its severity.
We have already seen the fact that the causing bacteria campylobacter and salmonella both exist in poultry intestines. This actually means that raw chicken can actually cause this problem.
Therefore to avoid it, ensure poultry is well cooked for the right duration of time and at the right temperatures. Furthermore, any leftover must be refrigerated for not more than two days.
Treatment will similar to any other food poisoning. We are therefore going to cover it while look at how to treat this problem.
We have seen the causes, it is time to look at some of the signs and symptoms
Signs and symptoms
How long does it take for chicken food poising symptoms to start showing or how fast can you get this problem? Do you get a temperature or fever? In case of this poisoning symptoms, how long do they last? What are symptoms from wings, breast, broth, soup or drumsticks? The part of the chicken does not matter, the symptoms will be similar.
Again, all the above are valid questions which people who have had this issue. To begin with, you will experience stomach flu-like symptoms. To be specific, some of the common food poisoning chicken symptoms include the following:
- Fever – you can actually get the temperature rise
- Mild to severe abdominal pain
- Stomach upsets
These are some of the common symptoms you expect. It is worth noting that symptoms in adults and children might be similar. However, children, especially very young ones might have more severe symptoms than adults.
We need to look at the timeline or how long it takes it takes symptoms to begin showing up.
How long does it take to get food poisoning from chicken? Incubation period
In case of chicken food poisoning, how long after eating contaminated chicken should you expect symptoms or how long does it take to set in? Secondly, how soon do you expect to get well again?
Once you have consumed contaminated chicken, you need to know that onset time for symptoms to start showing will take anything from 2 hours to 48 hours before they start showing. These symptoms will last for a day or two days. However, in cases of a bad food poisoning cases, the symptoms can persevere for such a long time and need treatment in a hospital.
Treatment and cures
In case this problem, how long it lasts, depends on how serious it is as well as some of the treatment and remedies you undergo. As NHS reports, “it’s not usually serious and most people get better within a few days without treatment”
Mild cases will resolve on their own. You will be required to take a lot of fluids and rehydration remedies to get back the fluids lost in diarrhea and/or vomiting. There is a number of rehydrations over the counter sachets which will help in replace any lost fluids.
If your symptoms persist, you might be required to see your GP. In most instances, they will recommend antibiotics especially to pregnant mothers to avoid child infection since food poisoning from chicken is caused by bacteria.
People who are dehydrated, have developed other complications such as vomiting blood, passing stool containing blood or have seizures might require emergency treatment and be admitted to hospitals. In some instances, intravenous fluids might be given while at the hospital to quickly stop dehydration.
Once the food poisoning has started to subside, it is normal to feel hungry. You should start eating but with foods that are easy to digest. According to livestrong.com, “eat slowly and in very small amounts to determine if your body is ready to digest food. Stay away from foods that are difficult to digest, such as dairy, caffeine, fatty foods, alcohol and spicy foods”.
While looking at how you get chicken food poisoning, we mentioned a number of ways. This means you already have an idea on how you can prevent this menace from happening. The general rule is ensuring good hygiene while handling poultry, correct cooking, and storage of poultry. Some of the ways to ensure this include:
- Always wash your hands thoroughly before handling chicken or any other poultry
- Follow the correct cooking instruction i.e. temperatures and durations
- Completely defreeze frozen it before you begin cooking it.
- Ensure it is stored at the recommended temperatures while it is in your fridge
- Store raw and cooked chicken separately to avoid contaminations
- Any leftover should be kept small containers and should not stay in the fridge for more than two days.
- According to telegraph.co.uk, “don’t wash raw chicken: Cooking will kill any bacteria present, including Campylobacter while washing it can spread germs by splashing”.
- Thoroughly was utensils and chopping boards used in preparing raw chicken.