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Does rubbing alcohol kill botulism?

Does rubbing alcohol kill botulism?

Not really: Botulism is caused by a toxin produced by a particular germ clostridium botulinum, most commonly found in canned foods that have gone bad (often the can fills with gas and expands). Since the illness is produced by a toxin that has already been made, killing the germ, whether with alcohol, bleaches or whatever does not reduce the toxin already made. Avoiding food from damaged cans is key. ...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 get botulism from a glass beer bottle if the cap was not sealed properly? I dropped the bottle. Can it grow in alcohol?

Can you get botulism from a glass beer bottle if the cap was not sealed properly? I dropped the bottle. Can it grow in alcohol?

Time ForDog Botulism: If they could, I suppose they'd be pretty happy bacteria!! I don't think the alcohol concentration in beer would be adequate to kill Clostridia spores or live bacteria but on the other hand, that's not really the right environment for either to grow. So unless you dumped a bunch of dirt in the bottle and buried it for a week or two would much happen. Any doubts? Just give some to the dog. ...Read more

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Can i kill botulism in the microwave?

Toxin yes, spore not: Although the botulinum toxin is destroyed by thorough cooking over the course of a few minutes, the spore itself is not killed by the temperatures reached with normal sea-level-pressure boiling, leaving it free to grow and again produce the toxin when conditions are right. ...Read more

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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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Will botulism kill me?

Rare, but toxin can: Botulism is caused by a bacteria. For most adults, we can fight the bacteria before it causes a problem. But in babies (especially <1yo), the elderly, and people with weak immune systems, it can cause infection. The botulinum toxin can definitely kill an adult. That is why it so important to cook canned foods thoroughly. Be suspicious of unopened cans with bulges as they can be harboring toxin. ...Read more

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How long dose it take for botulism to kill you?

How long dose it take for botulism to kill you?

Prolonged time frame: Depending upon exposure, route of exposure, underlying health issues, course can be very prolonged and require extensive amounts of resources typically death due to secondatry pneumonia or resp failure. ...Read more

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How much time would it take for botulism to kill you?

Depends: The severity and time to recover from this toxin- induced neurological disease varies on the amount of toxin ingested and the time of toxin. Serotype a is generally more severe than the other usual types, b and e. It can be days to months. Also the rapid use of antitoxin can assist in lowering the time to recovery. ...Read more

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Do disinfectants like lysol kill botulism?

No. The 5 kinds of : Botulism are: Foodborne, from foods that contain botulinum toxin; Wound infection; Infant & the rare Adult, from ingesting spores of Clostridium botulinum & Iatrogenic, from Botox overdose. Do not give honey, raw or undercooked foods to infants < 12 mos. The bacterium can live on cleaned carpets, floors & countertops; spores,in dust & soil. See: cdc.gov/nczved/divisions/dfbmd/diseases/botulism/ ...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?

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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Does rubbing alcohol kill dry precum ?

Does rubbing alcohol kill dry precum ?

Pre-Cum: Pre-cum is semen. It houses fresh sperm. Are you asking if rubbing alcohol can or should kill sperm? If one has precum on their penis one can wash this with soap and water. I would not recommend putting rubbing alcohol on the penis skin. If you meant something else please ask again. ...Read more

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What does rubbing alcohol contain that kill sperms in hand?

What does rubbing alcohol contain that kill sperms in hand?

You don't have to...: Any methods providing unfriendly environments such as tap water washing, quick drying, etc. will kill the sperms in dried-up semen on hands in considering high fastidious requirement for sperms to survive. Using rubbing alcohol is quick to kill by fast drying-up + denaturalizing semen but optional; yet, its smell may project a sense of safety and killing germs. More? Seek counseling. ...Read more

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Will rubbing alcohol made of ethanol kill scabies mites around the house?

Will rubbing alcohol made of ethanol kill scabies mites around the house?

Unlikely: Scabies mites do not survive more than 2-3 days away from human skin. Items such as bedding, clothing, and towels used by a person with scabies can be decontaminated by machine-washing in hot water and drying using the hot cycle or by dry-cleaning. Items that cannot be washed or dry-cleaned can be decontaminated by removing from any body contact for at least 72 hours. ...Read more

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Can rubbing alcohol kill sperm easily? Especially when the alcohol is applied on the clothing where sperm is

Can rubbing alcohol kill sperm easily? Especially when the alcohol is applied on the clothing where sperm is

Yes, but : Alcohol will kill sperm as it dries, but sperm on clothing isn't going to get you pregnant. It has to be inside your body. Why are you having unprotected sex? It's an excellent way to have an unwanted pregnancy or hiv/std infection -- or both. If you're old enough to have sex, you're old enough to act responsibly. ...Read more

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Is rubbing alcohol enough to kill staph after dressing a boil? (i usually wash briefly also to remove the smell, but want to make sure this is enough)

Is rubbing alcohol enough to kill staph after dressing a boil? (i usually wash briefly also to remove the smell, but want to make sure this is enough)

Peroxide is better: Alcohol is very toxic to skin, especially damaged skin. Hydrogen peroxide works well to kill any residual germs while causing less tissue damage. An antibiotic ointment may help as well (triple antibiotic ointments are available as generics equivalent to neosporin). Many experts believe thorough washing with good old soap and water (not briefly!) is as good or better than abx ointments. ...Read more

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Would hydrogen peroxide or 70% rubbing alcohol kill cancer cells on contact if those cells were on a regular surface like a table or even glass slide?

Would hydrogen peroxide or 70% rubbing alcohol kill cancer cells on contact if those cells were on a regular surface like a table or even glass slide?

Quit worrying about: This is nothing but paranoid thinking. You will be fine. You can not catch cancer even if you tried very hard to get it. ...Read more

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Is rubbing alcohol enough to kill the HIV virus? Is it also effective against other stds?

No!: Rubing alcohol will not kill HIV or any other std's such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, syphillis, hepatitis b, or others. To avoid std's use a condom every single time, even w/ oral sex. See a dr if you have been exposed to an std so you can get proper treatment. ...Read more

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Can rubbing alcohol kill norovirus on surfaces? I'm hearing regular cleaners like lysol aren't effective against this strain.

Can rubbing alcohol kill norovirus on surfaces?  I'm hearing regular cleaners like lysol aren't effective against this strain.

Chlorine is best: The new strain causes a more virulent illness, but there is no evidence that it is harder to kill on surfaces. Chlorine bleach is what is most recommended - http://www.Michigan.Gov/documents/guidelines_for_environmental_cleaning_125846_7.Pdf. ...Read more

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