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i am worried if i have botulism? what are the symptoms?

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Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 21 years experience
Paralysis: Botulism causes a type of paralysis that progresses from head to toes. Symptoms usually appear 8-36 hrs after eating improperly canned or preserved foods. Abdominal cramps, double vision, nausea, vomiting, difficulty swallowing and speaking, and weakness that is equal on both sides of the body occur. Botulism is a medical emergency.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is botulism?

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Dr. Kevin Gardner
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Botulism: This is a bacterial infection. Symptoms are caused by the bacterial release of botulinim toxin. If caught early treatment can be very effective.
A 28-year-old member asked:

Can botulism be dangerous?

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Dr. Steven Fine
Infectious Disease 31 years experience
Yes: It can be deadly if not treated early.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can botulism spread from one person to another?

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Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
Pediatrics 30 years experience
No: Botulism does not spread from person to person. It is caused by ingestion of contaminated food or wound getting contaminated by spores of clostridium.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

How can you get botulism?

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Dr. Andrew Gentry
Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Raw honey beans: Botulism is caused by a toxin or protein that is produced a bacteria classically found in raw (unpasteurized) honey of untreated can beans. That same toxin or protein is used in cosmetic or Botox injections.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

How is botulism transmitted?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Orally: Almost always by mouth, eating food which contains the toxin produced by clostridium botulinum, but can also occur after wounds contaminated with this organism, just as can tetanus, due to clostridium tetani.

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