Symptoms of Food Poisoning With Oysters

According to the Food Borne Illness website, "Shellfish (oysters, clams, mussels) pose the greatest risk and any particular serving may be contaminated; there is no way to distinguish a contaminated oyster from a safe oyster." Oysters can harbor several different types of bacteria and viruses, each with a range of symptoms.

Fresh oysters.
Fresh oysters. (Image: Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

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Diarrhea

Frequent, watery stools are common with oyster food poisoning. Excessive watery bowel movements indicate an infection of some kind, and that nutrients and water are not being absorbed.

Raw oysters may cause diarrhea.
Raw oysters may cause diarrhea. (Image: Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Vomiting

Oyster food poisoning may involve regurgitation, but not always. Vomiting accompanied with diarrhea is a good indication of infection, but not specifically food poisoning.

Oyster poisining may cause vomiting.
Oyster poisining may cause vomiting. (Image: Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Nausea/Abdominal Pain/Cramps

Oyster food poisoning may make the affected individual feel queasy or experience vague abdominal pain and cramps. These symptoms are usually accompanied by diarrhea and vomiting.

Abdominal pains may be a symptom of oyster poisoning.
Abdominal pains may be a symptom of oyster poisoning. (Image: Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Weakness/Fatigue

Oyster food poisoning leads to malabsorption of nutrients in the bowels, which leads to weakness and fatigue. Look for signs of low energy levels, including the need for increased sleep.

An increased need for sleep.
An increased need for sleep. (Image: Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

Headache

Headaches may occur as a result of dehydration from the lack of water being absorbed by the body. Headaches may feel throbbing or hammering, or a dull pain in some cases.

Lack of water in the body may cause dehydration.
Lack of water in the body may cause dehydration. (Image: Stockbyte/Valueline/Getty Images)

Fever

In the case of Hepatitis A or Norwalk virus food poisoning, the infected individual may experience a sudden or slow onset of fever. If fever is expected, take a temperature reading with an oral thermometer to confirm.

Fever.
Fever. (Image: Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

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