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How long does it take to recover from botulism?

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

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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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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Potatoe from dinner last night sat out for around an hour before it was refrigerated, I had some for breakfast, I'm scared I'll get botulism and die?

Potatoe from dinner last night sat out for around an hour before it was refrigerated, I had some for breakfast, I'm scared I'll get botulism and die?

Definitely not: Potatoes aren't linked with botulism. Home canned foods are, as well as other canned foods that appear 'bursting' before you open them. It sounds like you probably have some health related anxiety- so I would talk to your doctor about that. ...Read more

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

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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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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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 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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