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Dr. Larry Lutwick
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How long does it take to recover from botulism?

Dr. Larry Lutwick
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How long does it take to recover from botulism?

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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Botulism (Definition)

Infant botulism is a potentially life-threatening disease in which the bacteria Clostridium botulinum grows within ...Read more


Dr. Stuart Bradin
Board Certified, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
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How long dose it take for botulism to kill you?

Dr. Stuart Bradin
Board Certified, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
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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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Dr. Nela Cordero
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At what temperature and for how long will it take cooking to kill the botulism spores in food?

Dr. Nela Cordero
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BOTULISM: Moist heat at 120 degrees for 30 mins. Will kill the spores. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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How long after battling foodborne botulism, clostridial sepsis, and ARDS will i begin feeling normal again, and regain strength?

Dr. Michael DePietro
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How long after battling foodborne botulism, clostridial sepsis, and ARDS will i begin feeling normal again, and regain strength?

It can be awhile: You should discuss your specific situation with your doctors. In general people can have abnormalities of muscle strength, stress related problems, abnormalities in breathing tests for prolonged periods of time after critical illness, even many months, depending on the specific problems they faced in the icu. This should really be discussed with your physicians. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Taylor
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How can you get botulism?

Dr. Michael Taylor
Board Certified, Critical Care
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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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Dr. Stefania Lima
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How can a baby get botulism?

Dr. Stefania Lima
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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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When people get botulism, and survive, do they generally recover fully?

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Dr. Holly Maes
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Please explain which food can you get botulism from?

Dr. Holly Maes
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Home canning: improper home canning and honey are the two most common sources for botulism. ...Read more

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Dr. Nela Cordero
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What are the symptoms you get with botulism?

Dr. Nela Cordero
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VERBAL ABUSE: Emotional sx: person lost confidence on himself or low self esteem with inferiority complex. Depressed with insomnia, no social activities, unfriendly, stressed out and sad. ...Read more

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How can people not get botulism from homemade wine?

Dr. Nela Cordero
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BOTULISM: It comes from ingestion of home canned or smoked foods containing the toxin . Not from wine because it is anaerobic bacillus found in soil. ...Read more

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