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Find out more about treatment for food poisoning.
Usually the symptoms only last a few hours or days, but it may take a week or more and you may feel wiped out for a few days after the diarrhoea and vomiting settle.
Complications are uncommon. The most common complication is lack of fluid in the body (dehydration). This is more likely if your health is frail, or if your immune system isn't firing on all cylinders (due to medication such as long-term steroids or chemotherapy).
Get more detail on possible complications.
You can reduce your chances of picking up food poisoning by some common sense precautions when you store, handle or eat food. The Food Standards Agency in the UK has identified "the 4 Cs": advice on cleanliness, cooking, chilling and avoiding cross-contamination.
Using the 4 Cs advice, find out how to keep yourself safe.
Special precautions may also be needed to prevent food poisoning if you are travelling abroad. Our separate leaflet called Traveller's Diarrhoea has more details. For example, avoid water and other drinks that may not be safe, and avoid food washed in unsafe water.
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