A member asked:

Does rubbing alcohol kill botulism?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Not well enough.: The spores are pretty resistant, even to heat.

Answered 4/19/2019


Dr. Alan Wartenberg answered

Specializes in Addiction Medicine

Not really: Botulism is caused by a toxin produced by a particular germ clostridium botulinum, most commonly found in canned foods that have gone bad (often the can fills with gas and expands). Since the illness is produced by a toxin that has already been made, killing the germ, whether with alcohol, bleaches or whatever does not reduce the toxin already made. Avoiding food from damaged cans is key.

Answered 5/28/2018



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