E. Coli Symptoms

e_coliThere are many foodborne illnesses that can have serious risks, including E. Coli.  You should be familiar with E. Coli symptoms, so that you know when it becomes necessary to visit your doctor.  While many cases of E Coli food poisoning are mild, those with increased risks can suffer serious and long lasting effects, and even death.  E. Coli symptoms are similar to some other foodborne illnesses, so you should see your doctor so that tests can be performed to confirm whether in fact you have been infected with E. Coli, or Escherichia coli.

The more common E. Coli symptoms include:

  • Severe stomach cramps
  • Diarrhea (sometimes bloody)
  • Vomiting
  • Fever occasionally (low grade)

While symptoms do vary from person to person, these are the usual signs.  Some people develop no symptoms at all, while others will have violent stomach cramps and tenderness in the area.  E. Coli symptoms commonly end after about one week, often with no further problems or illness.  However, certain groups of people are at greater risk; anyone with symptoms should see a doctor.

Food poisoning is an illness that many people ignore, especially when they become only mildly ill.  Unfortunately, many cases of E. Coli go unreported because so many individuals do not seek medical attention.  Those who become ill after eating foods that are prepared or manufactured in unsanitary conditions may be eligible for compensation.  You may miss work, or have medical expenses for doctor visits.  When you experience E. Coli symptoms, see your physician, then contact a reputable food poisoning attorney.

In rare instances, E. Coli infection can be responsible for tissue death and perforation.  This means that in infants and young children, kidney failure can occur.  Patients who are treated with antibiotics are often at greater risk of developing HUS (hemolytic uremic syndrome), which is the leading cause of fatality related to the E. Coli infection.

As with most foodborne illnesses, the elderly, young children, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems may be at a greater risk of serious complications.  E. Coli symptoms should be taken seriously.  After seeking medical attention, contact an aggressive food poisoning attorney to determine if you may be eligible for compensation.  Those responsible should be held accountable for their negligence.  Although the illness is not usually life threatening, it can be.  E. Coli symptoms should be considered serious, until your doctor confirms otherwise.