How long can Listeria stay in your system?

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asked Apr 16, 2023 in Diseases Conditions by Duckscuxclucks (810 points)
How long can Listeria stay in your system?

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answered Apr 16, 2023 by Christeen (70,120 points)
Listeria can stay in your system for a period of 3 days to up to 7 days.

Most healthy people who get listeria will recover without treatment as the immune system will usually eradicate the listeria bacteria and the symptoms of listeria will most often go away within 3 days although sometimes it may last as long a 7 days.

Listeria is not contagious from person to person and you cannot catch listeria from being around someone who has listeria.

Listeria is most common in pregnant women who can pass the listeria infection to the unborn baby.

People who are most at risk for Listeria are adults 65 years of age or older, people with a weak immune system and pregnant women.

Anyone can be affected and infected by Listeria but they rarely do become seriously sick.

Listeria during pregnancy can cause harm to the unborn baby and cause complications with the pregnancy as well.

Listeria will grow in the fridge and even multiply.

Even Listeria can and will grow in the freezer as Listeria can survive cold temperatures and even freezing temperatures.

Listeria can grow in the freezer.

Unlike most other bacteria the Listeria can can still grow in the freezer and even multiply so freezing foods does not kill off Listeria.

Cooking food all the way to a hot enough temperature can kill off Listeria but freezing the food does not kill Listeria.

Listeria is found in soil, water, some animals, poultry and cattle and can also be found in raw milk and foods that are made from raw milk.

If you get Listeria you'll get sick and have flu like symptoms and in most cases the Listeria infection will go away.

Listeria infections can cause mild, flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, muscle aches, and diarrhea or upset stomach and you might also have a stiff neck, headache, confusion, or loss of balance.

To check if you have Listeria in your system a doctor will do a blood test.

The blood test can show if Listeria is in your blood.

Foods that cause Listeria are unpasteurized milks and cheeses, ice cream, raw or processed vegetables, raw or processed fruits, raw or undercooked poultry, sausages, hot dogs, deli meats, and raw or smoked fish and other seafood.

Listeria can stay in your system for around 5 to 7 days although it may last around 14 days in some cases.

The first signs and symptoms of Listeria include.

    Fever.
    Chills.
    Muscle aches.
    Nausea.
    Diarrhea.

After eating foods contaminated with Listeria most people get sick within 24 to 48 hours.

Although some people may not get sick until 3 to 4 days after they have eaten Listeria contaminated food.

If you ate food that was contaminated with Listeria you should go to the doctor for treatment although in most cases Listeria goes away on it's own but going to the doctor is a good idea just to be safe.

Seek medical attention if you have a fever and other symptoms of possible listeriosis, such as fatigue and muscle aches, within two months after eating possibly contaminated food.

To treat Listeria at home you should drink plenty of water, rest and drink other clear liquids to help flush the Listeria out of your system and keep you hydrated.

In most cases Listeria goes away on it's own but some people may require medical treatment.

Listeria does go away on it's own in most cases although some people may have complications and need treatment.

Listeria can grow and spread in the fridge unlike some other bacteria.

Listeria in food is killed by cooking the food to a high enough temperature.

In order to kill Listeria in food the food must be cooked all the way through and at least 145 F to 165 F depending on the food you're cooking.

Listeria in food is not very common and the good news is Listeria in food is very rare and only there are only 0.1 to 10 cases per 1 million people per year depending on the countries and regions of the world.

It's very unlikely for someone to get Listeria.

Only around 1,600 people out of the billions of people on earth get Listeria each year and only around 260 of those people die from it each year.

The most common way to get Listeria is eating unpasteurized milk and dairy products and improperly processed deli meats.

Listeria can be spread to people by several different methods.

Eating food contaminated with the bacteria, such as through raw (unpasteurized) milk or contaminated vegetables, is often a source for cases.

The bacteria may be passed from mother to fetus during pregnancy or directly to the newborn at the time of birth.

Listeria is considered worse than Salmonella as Listeria causes the most deaths in people when compared to Salmonella.

However Salmonella does tend to be more common and cause more outbreaks than Listeria.

When you have Salmonella your poop will usually be in diarrhea form and the diarrhea may also have a bit of blood in it as well.

As food passes through the digestive system, a yellow-green fluid called bile that helps digest food changes color, resulting in a stool that is light to dark brown.

However, when an infection, such as Salmonella, causes diarrhea, food and feces pass through the digestive tract quickly before changing to a brown color.

Salmonella actually has no smell so you cannot smell the Salmonella in the food.

You cannot see or smell Salmonella so it can be hard to know if food has Salmonella.

E. coli and Salmonella are very similar as Salmonella actually evolved from E. coli but they are not the exact same bacteria.

The main difference between E Coli and salmonella is that E. coli is a type of commensal bacteria that commonly lives in the lower intestine of warm-blooded animals whereas Salmonella is a facultative, intracellular pathogen in both warm-blooded and cold-blooded animals.

E. coli is classified as being in the genus Escherichia (named after its discoverer Theodor Escherich), family Enterobacteriaceae, order Enterobacteriales, class Gammaproteobacteria, phylum Proteobacteria.

To flush E. coli out of your system drink plenty of water throughout the day and also be sure to empty your bladder when you urinate.

You can also flush E. coli out of your system by eating garlic.

Cultures across the world have long recognized garlic for its preventive and curative powers.

Research has found that garlic can be an effective treatment against many forms of bacteria, including Salmonella and Escherichia coli (E. coli).

When E. coli gets in your body it creates a toxin that can damage the lining of your small intestine and when this happens it can lead to diarrhea with blood and vomiting as well as bad stomach cramps.

After being infected with E. coli it can sometimes cause permanent damage.

Those who contract gastroenteritis from drinking water contaminated with E coli are at an increased risk of developing high blood pressure, kidney problems and heart disease in later life.

The first signs of E. coli are severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting.

The long term effects of E. coli are kidney problems, possible kidney disease, heart disease and high blood pressure.

When a person has a more severe strain of E. Coli it can damage the heart and lead to heart disease if left untreated.

The E. coli O157:H7 strain belongs to a group of E. coli that produces a powerful toxin that damages the lining of the small intestine.

This can cause bloody diarrhea.

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