Food poisoning by eating spoiled meat typically occurs as a result of bacterial contamination due to incorrect handling, storage or during the cooking process. The symptoms of food poisoning can range from minor to severe, depending on the harshness of the bacteria present as well as the specific type of bacteria. Always bear in mind that the symptoms can manifest from 4-24 hours after the consumption of spoiled meat. A minor case of food poisoning often resolves on its own but severe cases would require medical treatment.
The usual types of bacteria and viruses that can trigger an infection in humans usually thrive well at 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the average, normal temperature of the human body. As the body attempts to eliminate the bacteria, the temperature will increase, thus resulting to fever. The development of fever is considered as a normal part of the immune response of the body and often accompanied by chills, but it can cause harm if it persists or too high. It is recommended to consult a doctor if the fever lasts for more than 48 hours or higher than 103 degrees F. By enrolling in a course on first aid, you can learn measures to reduce the fever.
The symptoms of food poisoning are usually felt in the digestive system. The intestinal system responds to the invading bacteria with symptoms such as abdominal cramping, gas, bloating and nausea. As the body attempts to eliminate the bacteria, the individual can also experience diarrhea and vomiting. There are certain types of bacteria especially salmonella and E. coli that can cause bleeding in the lower intestines which can result to bloody diarrhea. In case of an E. coli infection, the individual can experience more blood in the stool which can last up to three days after the consumption of contaminated meat.
As the body releases chemicals to fight off bacteria, these chemicals can trigger an aching sensation in the muscles or head. If the individual has experienced vomiting and diarrhea, the individual might also be dehydrated which depletes the electrolytes in the body and can also contribute to the sore muscles. The individual can also experience a sense of overall body weakness which might be an indication of a serious condition.
In most cases of food poisoning caused by eating bad meat, they are often due to the bacteria that only trigger the digestive symptoms but there are some exceptions. In rare cases, a certain type of food poisoning due to consumption of meat infected with Clostridium botulinum can lead to double or blurry vision, paralyzed eye nerves, sensitivity to light, difficulty swallowing and speaking. In severe cases of botulism, it can paralyze the muscles and cause respiratory failure. Spoiled meat can be infected with campylobacteriosis which causes urinary tract infections and even reactive arthritis in severe cases.