Stomach Virus or Food Poisoning? Learn the Signs and Symptoms

vomitingA stomach upset will leave us searching for the cause, either a stomach bug or a bout of food poisoning. It is important to identify the cause to be in a position to treat it appropriately.

Stomach virus is an infection of the digestive system often caused by norovirus. It can be spread through contaminated foods and drinks, mouth-to-mouth contact, and through the vomit and stool of infected people.

Food poisoning is caused by eating food that contains bacteria, viruses and parasites. Raw foods are at greatest risk of contamination. Improper storage or cooking of food may lead to contamination of food. Salmonella and E. coli are the common bacteria strains associated with food poisoning.

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Mike Dilkes ENT is based in Central, North, East and South London. Most of our consultations and treatments are carried out either at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth or The London Independent Hospital. The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth is one of London's biggest and most prestigious private hospitals.

It is in St Johns's Wood, a leafy area of the west end, just north of Harley Street and Regent's Park. The London Independent Hospital is in Stepney Green, hidden away just behind Mile End Road, just to the East of the City of London. Formally The London Jewish Hospital, it is a purpose built modern building with full facilities, beautifully appointed rooms, state of the art laser systems and, in case anything goes wrong (it really shouldn't), a fully covered Consultant 24 hour ward and Intensive Care presence - the only private hospital in London to have this.