The Symptoms of Seafood Poisoning

By. Nevanda - 21 Mar 2023


lauttimur.comFood poisoning is an illness you get from eating food that has bacteria, virus or a parasite. The symptoms can begin within hours, days or weeks after ingestion, depend on the type of infection. Seafood poisoning is one of the food poisonings that caused by eating contaminated seafood. Here are some common symptoms that appear in seafood poisoning case:


Ciguatera Poisoning Symptoms

Ciguatera symptoms usually develop 3 to 6 hours after consuming contaminated fish, but it may also start up to 30 hours later. The symptoms include:

•    Tingling and numbness in fingers, toes, around lips, tongue, mouth and throat
•    Burning sensation or pain on contact with cold water
•    Joint and muscle pains with muscular weakness
•    Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and/or abdominal cramps
•    Headache, fatigue and even will causing fainting
•    Extreme itchiness, often worsened by drinking alcohol
•    In some severe cases, it can cause difficulty to breathe in



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Shellfish Poisoning Symptoms

There are some types of shellfish poisoning, and each type have their own symptoms. The symptoms usually will appear 30-60 minutes after you consuming contaminated shellfish, but it could be a few hours later before you feel it.

•    Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning, symptoms can occur within half an hour to two hours after consuming contaminated shellfish and include numbness and tingling sensation of the lips and extremities and gastrointestinal symptoms. This could be potentially fatal disease because it affecting the nervous system.

•    Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning, another serious illness that affects the nervous system and the gut. The symptoms usually appear within a day of eating the affected shellfish.

•    Neurotoxic Shellfish Poisoning, the symptoms is similar to ciguatera poisoning but less severe, usually it will last for a couple days.

•    Diarrhoetic Shellfish Poisoning, symptoms include diarrhoea and vomiting, usually will appear half an hour after consuming contaminated shellfish and will only last for a couple days.



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Scombroid Fish Poisoning Symptoms

Scombroid Fish poisoning occurs very quickly after eating the fish. It can happen within 30 minutes, but may be up to several hours later. The symptoms are include:

•    A peppery or metallic taste
•    Flushing of the upper body
•    Itching 
•    Headache and dizziness
•    Vomiting, diarrhoea, and abdominal cramps
•    In severe cases, it will cause difficulty to breath in and low blood pressure


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