There's literally no worse feeling in the world than being sick to your stomach. Give me a sore throat, a stuffy nose, a freaking broken limb any day of the week - that running to the (or can't leave the ...) bathroom feeling is the kind of stuff where you're making serious deals with your body just to make it stop. I SWEAR I WON'T EVER EAT CHIPOTLE AGAIN! But wait-maybe flu season is still happening? Maybe burritos aren't totally off-limits forever?! Sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference between the stomach flu and food poisoning, but there's actually a pretty easy way to figure it out.
If you've been unfortunate enough to experience both, then you know that the symptoms are pretty darn similar, but here's where the indicator comes in- if your symptoms occur within hours of eating something questionable, it's more likely food poisoning, Dr. Michael Rice told Time Magazine. The stomach flu symptoms, by contrast, start 1 to 3 days after infection, so if you wake up feeling sick after a peaceful nights sleep, it's probably not the dinner you had 10+ hours earlier.
If you're still not sure and timing could point to either thing, see if anyone else ate the same dish as you. If your friends ate it and feel totally fine, you've likely got the stomach flu. Bummer.
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