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What are the symptoms of eating spoiled chicken?

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Diarrhea that may be bloody, abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting and fever with chills are all symptoms of food poisoning associated with eating undercooked, or otherwise contaminated, chicken, according to MedlinePlus. Additional symptoms include headache and significant weakness.

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Diarrhea lasting longer than three days, the inability to keep down fluids and a fever greater than 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit indicate a more serious case of food poisoning, notes Healthline. So does the inability to pass urine and the presence of dry mouth with extreme thirst. Should these symptoms occur, a doctor should be contacted at once. The very young, the elderly and people with compromised immune symptoms are at greatest risk for serious complications.

Food poisoning symptoms can occur within two hours in cases of Staphylococcus and as long as eight days in cases of E. coli or Shigellosis, states PDRHealth. Most cases are self-limiting and can be managed at home.

Dehydration leading to electrolyte imbalance is the greatest risk with food poisoning, according to Mayo Clinic. Signs of dehydration include dry mouth, thirst, dry skin, passing little or no urine, dizziness and lightheadedness. Headache, constipation, sunken eyes, low blood pressure and rapid heart rate are additional symptoms. Dehydration may require treatment with intravenous fluids if attempts to treat it at home are unsuccessful.

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