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A 21-year-old female asked:

if i ate something with botulism how long would it take for symptoms to appear?

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Dr. Ethan Levine
Cardiac Electrophysiology 23 years experience
12-36 hours: Generally, if you ate something that was contaminated the symptoms will appear in 12-36h, rarely delayed for up to a week. There is a very helpful article from the World Health Organization that you may find interesting. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs270/en/ Hope this helps.
Dr. Laura Anissian
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Botulin: Usually this will take between 12 to 36 hours to appear. However, there are cases that take up to 7 days to appear.

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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 30-year-old member asked:

Can botulism recur?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Yes: After you recover from botulism, it may have been produced by doses of toxin high enough to cause disease, but insufficient to produce antibodies which might prevent reinfection. There are also different strains of the organism so immunity to one may not confer immunity to other strains.
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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.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Will botulism kill me?

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Dr. Tejas Ozarkar
Dr. Tejas Ozarkar answered
General Practice 9 years experience
Rare, but toxin can: Botulism is caused by a bacteria. For most adults, we can fight the bacteria before it causes a problem. But in babies (especially <1yo), the elderly, and people with weak immune systems, it can cause infection. The botulinum toxin can definitely kill an adult. That is why it so important to cook canned foods thoroughly. Be suspicious of unopened cans with bulges as they can be harboring toxin.

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