Being American, my family boils eggs every year so we can dye them for Easter. Then the Easter bunny hides them for kids in the morning. As far as I’m aware, nobody does that here, but there are more creatures that would take advantage of left out food here. Also, the weather would probably spoil a couple of eggs really quickly and then everyone suddenly has food poisoning.

Food poisoning sucks for everyone and lasts anywhere between a few hours and a few days depending on the cause and severity. The sickness itself can even take between hours to days to manifest symptoms. The symptoms vary between flu and gastro symptoms, but the most common across all variations include vomiting, nausea, stomach cramps, and diarrhoea.

Most of the time, the symptoms don’t last or are not severe enough to warrant seeking medical attention. The important thing is to keep well hydrated. Your stomach will probably only be able to handle bland foods for awhile such as toast and bananas, but once you start feeling better, you can ease back into a normal diet.

If your symptoms do happen to last longer than two days, go see a doctor. If they are more severe than the traditional vomiting, nausea, stomach cramps, and diarrhoea, or your food poisoning came from mushrooms or shellfish, immediately go to the hospital.

As usual, the very young and elderly will have weaker immune systems and should be carefully watched as they’re more likely to get food poisoning and may have more serious side effects. Those who are pregnant with food poisoning should see a doctor immediately if their symptoms are flu-like—they have the risk of miscarrying if Listeria is the cause of their sickness.

No one wants to be sick on a holiday, so use good food handling and hand washing procedures this Easter. And keep those sickies at home and away from food prep areas. Happy Easter.

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