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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

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Dr. Ricardo Maselli
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Botulinum Poisoning (Definition)

Infant botulism is a potentially life-threatening disease in which the bacteria Clostridium botulinum grows within the baby's gastrointestinal tract. ...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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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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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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