How long does it take to get sick after eating bad salmon?
Symptoms of ciguatera poisoning generally appear between a few minutes and 6 hours after the toxic fish has been eaten. These include a variety of gastrointestinal, neurological, and cardiovascular abnormalities.
Frequently asked Questions 🎓
Symptoms usually last a few days but can linger for months or years. There is no way to cure ciguatera, but a doctor may be able to treat the symptoms.
Symptoms are similar to those of ciguatera fish poisoning and may include abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and/or a red itchy skin rash (pruritus). Chills, hot and cold temperature reversal, blurred vision, abnormal sensitivity to light (photophobia), and muscle aches (myalgias) may also occur.
The toxins that cause ciguatera do not affect the appearance, taste, or smell of fish, so there is no way to tell if fish is contaminated. The toxins are not destroyed by heat, so even thoroughly cooked fish is a risk.
There is no specific cure for ciguatera fish poisoning, but symptoms can be treated until the illness resolves on its own. Most poisoning resolves in a few days or weeks, but in severe cases the neurologic symptoms may last for weeks or months.26 Jun 2013
The acute symptoms of ciguatera fish poisoning generally disappear within a few days. However, neurological symptoms may continue for several months.
Diagnosing any neurotoxin-mediated illness usually requires identifying a biomarker, but there is no such serologic test for chronic ciguatera. "Early diagnosis must involve a physiologic test as a biomarker because otherwise we have no way of demonstrating the toxin in people."31 Oct 2000
Irregular heart rhythms and low blood pressure may also be experienced. Ciguatera poisoning symptoms typically resolve within several days, but may last up to 4 weeks. The symptoms of ciguatera poisoning may resemble other medical conditions.
A few more cooking questions 📍
Is lemon grass a perennial?
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Why is pork still pink after cooking?
We used to be afraid of pink pork because of a parasite known as trichinosis, but the risk of contracting it is virtually nonexistent these days. Like beef, pork temperatures are designed to cook the meat long enough to nix E. coli, which means it may have a little color in the middle.30 May 2019
Can you leave pot roast in crock pot overnight?
The slow cooker makes it easy because it does all the work for you. This is one you can truly set and forget. I've always found that the flavor improves if it sits overnight, so I make mine ahead then chill the pan juices separately from the meat and veggies.12 Feb 2014
What is the difference between chicken stock and broth?
A: Chicken stock tends to be made more from bony parts, whereas chicken broth is made more out of meat. Chicken stock tends to have a fuller mouth feel and richer flavor, due to the gelatin released by long-simmering bones. Canned low-sodium chicken broth is the busy home-cook's best friend.