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Can botulism recur?

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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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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Can you tell me how can clostridium botulinum botulism atacks and spreads?

Food poisoning: Improperly canned food, contaminated with bacterium clostridium botulinum lead to production of botulinum toxin that causes paralysis. Other types occur in infants due to intestinal infection and some times in adults due to wound infection. The bacterium is present in soil. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/botulism/ds00657. ...Read more

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Recurrant chalazions; how can they be prevented?

Recurrant chalazions;  how can they be prevented?

Heat pack: Heat pack, baby shampoo wash and omega 3 essential fatty acid by mouth may help. If does not go away after 1-2 weeks please see your ophthalmologist. You may need antibiotic combined with steroid treatment. If it does not help then you may need a surgical cleaning of the stye or steroid injection. If its happening at the same location then it may need to be checked out by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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How will botulism cause muscle paralysis?

How will botulism cause muscle paralysis?

See answer below: Botulinum neurotoxins essentially prevent the release of acetylcholine (neurotransmitter) in the synaptic cleft, thus preventing the trigger of muscle contraction. The paralysis in the skeletal muscle lasts for about 3 months. It lasts up to 9-12 months if used in the detrusor muscle in the bladder. Strength eventually returns when new connections are created between the nerves and the muscles. ...Read more

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How can salmonella infection be prevented?

How can salmonella infection be prevented?

See below: Vaccination of feed animals. Limit use of antibiotics as growth promoters. Improve food safty practices. Do not eat raw or undercooked eggs or meats. Food handler hygene. Maintain time-temperature standards for food handling/preparation/storage. Ban unpasturized dairy products. There is a typhoid vaccine for travelers to typhoid endemic areas. ...Read more

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Can salmonella food poisoning have any serious long term effects after treated/cured? Can it lead to different problems? Ex: chickenpox into shingles?

No long term effects: Once in a while, people become carriers of Salmonella for a few weeks or months after they get over the initial infection. However, this is rare and harmless. It creates risk for other persons potentially exposed to your feces, but that's prevented by everyday, standard hygiene, like hand washing after toilet. So don't worry about this at all. ...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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Can listeria infection manifest in hours and cause gullain barre syndrome?

Can listeria infection manifest in hours and cause gullain barre syndrome?

Not usually: The time it takes to get infected, then reproduce, then cause symptoms is usually days. While almost any infection can trigger a guillan barre syndrome, it can also be due to vaccines, medications or often times for unknown reasons. ...Read more

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Can otomycosis recur even after microsuctioning?

Can otomycosis recur even after microsuctioning?

Otomycosis: Aural toilet, cleaning of the ear is an essential part of treatment for fungal otitis externa. However, sometimes it requires frequent suctiontion. Also, antifungal ear drops are a crucial part of the treatment. Sometimes this conditin is stubborn, but usually responds well to above mentioned care. ...Read more

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How can mold spores affect you?

How can mold spores affect you?

Big answer: To big a question to fully answer here, but molds can cause infections and allergy problems, particularly asthma. Molds can also be respiratory irritants via non-allergic mechanisms, too. There is much more hype and litigation about molds than there is real science or disease, imho. ...Read more

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How can tetanus cause death?

Paralyzes breathing: Tetanus makes the muscles contract all at the same time, which is very painful and eventually makes it impossible to breathe. If someone gets tetanus, and it happens because people can't get or refuse immunization, nowadays we can paralyze the patient and put him/her on a ventilator until the disease subsides. ...Read more

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Can you kill botulism in a microwave?

Can you kill botulism in a microwave?

Botulinum toxin: Is not denatured by heating cooking or microwaving. The baceria, corynbacteria botulinum may be killed, but not the toxin. Ergo, you get sick. ...Read more

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How can constipation eventually kill you?

How can constipation eventually kill you?

Constipation: This common problem if not addressed can lead to over stretching of the colon and perforation or a bursting of the tissue leading to very dangerous and life threatening situation. Constipation should not be ignored. Use pain and fever as urgent notices from your body to get help now. ...Read more

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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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How frequently can pericoronitis recur?

How frequently can pericoronitis recur?

It depends: As long as the ill-erupted tooth is there and poor dental hygiene, the infection will always come back when local factors such as food trapping or mechanical irritation trigger the situation. ...Read more

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How can craniopharyngioma be cured?

How can craniopharyngioma be cured?

Craniopharyngioma: Surgery is the most common form of treatment for this tumor, in some cases radiation therapy might also be recommended. ...Read more

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How quickly can anthrax kill you?

How quickly can anthrax kill you?

Anthrax: The incubation period is usually 1 to 7 days for pulmonary anthrax. Per http://ideas.Health.Vic.Gov.Au/bluebook/anthrax.Asp “evidence from mass exposures indicates incubation periods up to 60 days are possible for pulmonary anthrax, related to delayed activation of inhaled spores.” incubation is followed by a somewhat mild prodromal phase with average duration of 2 days. ...Read more

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How can epiglottitis in children be treated?

How can epiglottitis in children be treated?

Please see below.: Most of the time, someone with epiglottitis must be intubated (have a tube put in the airway to keep it open) until the swelling resolves, and all patients with this condition need to be in the icu. After bacterial cultures are taken, IV antibiotics are started. Fever relievers may also be needed. ...Read more

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Can severe gastroparesis kill you?

Can severe gastroparesis kill you?

No: Have not heard of this being a lethal condition. Medications can frequently treat but if they fail, a laparoscopic gastric pacemaker or laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy are surgical options that have met with good success rates. ...Read more