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Do I have to see a specialist to get a botulism toxin assay ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a botulism toxin assay ordered?

Why do you need it?: You don't need a specialist to order the test, but that test is one to check for botulism, which is an uncommon problem. ...Read more

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Toxin (Definition)

Poisonous substance produced within living cells or organisms;man-made substances created by artificial processes are thus excluded. The term was first used by organic chemist ludwig brieger (1849–1919). For a toxic substance not produced within living organisms, "toxicant" and "toxics" are also sometimes used.[citation needed]. Toxins can be small ...Read more


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Where is a botulism toxin assay usually done? At a hospital?

Where is a botulism toxin assay usually done? At a hospital?

Botulism is rare: If you have symptoms of botulism ( a serious type of food poisoning) then you will likely be referred to a facility where the test could be done. If you have had Botox for cosmetic reasons, there is no need for tests because the dose is too tiny to cause systemic symptoms. ...Read more

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Why can't the tetanus toxin tetanospasmin be given to lessen the effects of botulism?

Why can't the tetanus toxin tetanospasmin be given to lessen the effects of botulism?

First, they are two: different organisms that cause different diseases. Second, giving a neurotoxin to a patient with botulism would hurt the patient, not help him. ...Read more

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Is it possible that consuming alcoholic beverages along with possibly infected canned food kill the botulism toxin and reduce the risk of getting sick?

Not recommended: If any suspicion that food is contaminated do not eat it. Usually, that is appreciated visually, by smell and taste. Alcohol may neutralize bacteria, but not their toxins once they get in your system. There is a popular belief that alcohol would help in fighting infections and it may, however would not recommend it against deadly conditions, like botulism. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get botulism from canned pineapple juice?

Low risk: Proper canning is vital but a high acid fluid like pineapple juice is at low risk for having botulinum spores to germinate. ...Read more

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Can adults get botulism from honey? Is it true that honey contains botulism spores?

Can adults get botulism from honey? Is it true that honey contains botulism spores?

Don't generalize...: Food-borne botulism in adults develops after ingestion of pre-formed toxin in improperly preserved canned goods, native american foods (whale or seal), ; such foods as baked potatoes, cheese sauce, beef stew, garlic cooking oil. Infants develop botulism when their GI tracts are colonized by live c. Botulinum bacteria or they intake small amt of toxin from possible sources like dust, soil, honey. ...Read more

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Could I get botulism if I touched the ground and then ate something without washing my hands?

Could I get botulism if I touched the ground and then ate something without washing my hands?

No: While botulinum spores are everywhere, the illness requires that the spores mature and produce a toxin before being ingested. ...Read more

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Can i get botulism from eating raw garlic clove?

Seems it's the oil: The problem - rare but deadly serious - seems to be in oil infusions - not with the simple raw clove. It is credited with reducing risk of lung cancer. No reports of botulism are readily available - don't worry. ...Read more

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