Backyard cookouts are a staple of late summer, more so now as people are inclined to stay home and reduce the risk of coronavirus. Those living with an autoimmune disorder should exercise caution when cooking out – not only for fire safety purposes. Food poisoning borne of undercooked or improperly prepared food could lead to other conditions, including increased joint pain.
According to a recent study published in PLOS Pathogens, researchers at the University of Saskatchewan and Temple University conducted food-borne illness tests on laboratory animals. Reports showed that the subjects had developed arthritis and autoimmune issues following exposure to salmonella. The Arthritis Foundation also reports of the link between salmonella and joint pain – in particular reactive arthritis, or Reiter’s Syndrome. People may come down with this type of pain following an infection of the intestines, and experience aches in the knees and ankles in addition to swollen eyes and skin irritation.
Salmonella is perhaps the most common bacteria associated with food poisoning. While not fatal – many cases recover within a week – it can cause lingering issues among the immuno-compromised, seniors, young children and those who are pregnant. (Severe symptoms such as diarrhea and stomach cramps should be addressed by a physician.)
People may get salmonella poisoning from eating meats, eggs, vegetables and other foods tainted – either directly or through cross-contamination – with animal feces. Cases tend to be higher in summertime due to food either left out in warm weather or stored in containers at insufficient cool temperatures. For tips on preventing salmonella, the CDC offers guidelines for cleaning, cooking, and storing foods.
At Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists, our physicians and therapists provide solutions to joint pain brought on by illness, injury and other factors. From minimally invasive procedures to PT, we help patients improve quality of life. Contact us today for more information on how we can help.