Doctor insights on: Botulism

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Can botulism be dangerous?

Can botulism be dangerous?

Yes: It is extremely dangerous and can kill. Get seen asap if you think you are infected. ...Read more

Dr. Ricardo Maselli
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Botulinum Poisoning (Definition)

An illness due to toxin produced by Clostridium botulinum. ...Read more


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How does honey cause botulism?

How does honey cause botulism?

Intestinal growth: Spores of clostridium botulinum bacteria can be found in honey. When a child less than a year old ingests these spores they may not move them through the GI tract fast enough to prevent them from growing in the tract. When the bacteria begins to grow in the infant's intestinal tract it creates a toxin that leads to botulism. ...Read more

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Treating Food Poisoning (Checklist)

For severe cases, go to the emergency room/call the Poison Control Center for an antidote
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Go to the emergency room if you're vomiting nonstop
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If you have diarrhea, eat something to stop water loss
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If you have excess dehydration, go to the emergency for IV fluids
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I am worried if I have botulism? What are the symptoms?

I am worried if I have botulism? What are the symptoms?

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. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of botulism?

What are the symptoms of botulism?

BOTULISM: The sx are:nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and lbm precedes neurologic sx of cranial nerves and descending paralysis.
Wound botulism has no GI sx. Infant cases has constipation 90 percent, then paralysis. ...Read more

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Treating Accidental Poisoning (Checklist)

Call 911 and poison control immediately
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Protect yourself from exposure if necessary
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Gather any evidence possible about poisoning or exposure
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Remember what and how much substance the person ingested or inhaled
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What are the tests for botulism?

BOTULISM: Tests are: clinical plus lab identification of toxin clostridium botulinum. ...Read more

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Is there anything from the grocery store that might cause botulism nowadays?

Is there anything from the grocery store that might cause botulism nowadays?

Raw Honey: Honey can be contaminated with botulinus. Under 1 year old kids should avoid this completely. ...Read more

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How can you treat botulism from eating a baked potato?

How can you treat botulism from eating a baked potato?

Doubt you have it...: Botulism is a paralytic disease caused by neurotoxin elaborated by clostridium botulinum. Illness begins with cranial nerve involvement & progresses toward the extremities. Food-borne botulism varies from mild to severe with resulting death. Patients should be hospitalized, incipient respiratory failure addressed, & antitoxin administered. Highly exposed individuals can be vaccinated. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for botulism?

BOTULISM: Treatment is supportive and trivalent anti toxin (a, b, e) as soon as possible. ...Read more

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How do you prevent botulism?

How do you prevent botulism?

Botulism: Botulism usually occurs when you ingest contaminated canned food. Person to person transmission of botulism does not occur. Make sure that any canned food you eat has not expired. Also, avoid feeding honey to infants (infant botulism). ...Read more

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In terms of marinara sauce, does canned marinara sauce have a higher risk of having the botulism bacterium than marinara in a glass jar?

Botulism risk: Botulism from commercially prepared foods whether canned or in glass is an extremely rare event. On the other hand there is a risk with home canning (usually put into glass containers). Here is more info from the centers for disease control:
http://www. Cdc. Gov/features/homecanning/

general info on botulism:

http://www. Cdc. Gov/nczved/divisions/dfbmd/diseases/botulism/. ...Read more

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What is botulism?

What is botulism?

Botulism explained: Botulism is a condition that develops due to a toxin that is released by a bug when it is ingested with food. Once absorbed, this toxin paralyses the nerves causing facial and limb paralysis and can be life-threatening at times. Treatment requires hospitalisation and close monitoring. Avoiding contaminated food products is the best preventive strategy. ...Read more

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Can botulism recur?

Yes: It is caused by a nerve toxin produced from certain bacteria usually from contaminated food or improperly processed canned foods. It can lead to paralysis if untreated. Unfortunately immunity does not necessarily develop. To be safe, canned foods with bulging lids should be thrown out as well as any bulging containers. Or if food has an usual smell it should not be eaten and thrown out as well. ...Read more

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How can you get botulism?

Food & wounds: Botulism is caused by a toxin made by the c. Botulinum bacteria. In adults, botulism is usually caused by eating contaminated food (improperly prepared canned or fermented foods) or when a wound gets contaminated by the bacteria. Infant botulism can happen in the first year of life--risk factors include eating honey and exposure to contaminated soil. ...Read more

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Can botulism be dangerous?

Yes: It is extremely dangerous and can kill. Get seen asap if you think you are infected. ...Read more

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How can a baby get botulism?

How can a baby get botulism?

No honey for infants: Most cases of botulism happen in infancy, and the spores of the clostridium bacteria produce a toxin that can be found in canned foods and honey, so that's why we don't recommend giving honey to babies less than a year old. ...Read more

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How is botulism transmitted?

Toxin: Usually from toxin; which is present in tinned food. ...Read more

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What are the tests for botulism?

BOTULISM: Tests are: clinical plus lab identification of toxin clostridium botulinum. ...Read more

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