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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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What is botulism?

Botulism: This is a bacterial infection. Symptoms are caused by the bacterial release of botulinim toxin. If caught early treatment can be very effective. ...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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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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What are the tests for botulism?

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