A 24-year-old member asked:
Does rubbing alcohol kill botulism?
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Dr. Anatoly Belilovskyanswered
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Not well enough.: The spores are pretty resistant, even to heat.
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A Verified Doctoranswered
Addiction Medicine 51 years experience
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.
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Last updated Apr 19, 2019
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