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Food Poisoning vs. Stomach Bug: Comparison of Differences Topic Guide

Food Poisoning vs. Stomach Flu Food Poisoning vs. Stomach Flu:

Food poisoning and a "stomach bug" or "stomach flu" (gastroenteritis) are digestive illness. Causes of food poisoning include drinking or eating food contaminated with fecal matter, and/or other bacteria, viruses, toxins, and fungi.

Gastroenteritis or "stomach bug," "stomach flu" can be contagious, and is spread from person-to-person when an individual does not use proper hand washing  techniques after having a bowel movement or after handling soiled diapers.

Generally, neither food poisoning or a stomach bug need to be treated with antibiotics. Natural home remedies may help food poisoning and a stomach bug symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.

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