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What is botulism?

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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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 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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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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What are the tests for botulism?

BOTULISM: Tests are: clinical plus lab identification of toxin clostridium botulinum. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of botulism?

What are the symptoms of botulism?

BOTULISM: The sx are:nausea, vomiting , abdominal cramps and lbm precedes neurologic sx of cranial nerves and descending paralysis. Wound botulism has no GI sx. Infant cases has constipation 90 percent, then paralysis. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have botulism?

Weakness: Botulism is a lack of muscle control caused by the toxin the bacteria secretes. This toxin is the same one used in tny quantities to remove wrinkles and treat spastic cerebral palsy, but if from an infection is released in quantities that can stop most voluntary muscle activity, most especially control of breathing. This is life-threatening and requires immed therapy to prevent paralysis, death ...Read more

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What should I do if I think I have botulism?

Call or visit: poison control center in your area, check the number in the phone directory or on the net, good luck ...Read more

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What is botulism and how does it affect you?

Bacterial Infection: Botulism is a serious bacterial infection which leads to paralysis. You can acquire it through multiple means (food, in a wound, baby's can ingest the spore, etc.). All forms are considered serious and can be fatal. Please seek medical attention immediately if you are concerned. See the cdc site for more info: http://www.Cdc.Gov/nczved/divisions/dfbmd/diseases/botulism/. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms you get with botulism?

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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Can botulism spread from one person to another?

Can botulism spread from one person to another?

No: Botulism does not spread from person to person. It is caused by ingestion of contaminated food or wound getting contaminated by spores of clostridium. ...Read more

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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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What are the main symptoms of botulism illness?

What are the main symptoms of botulism illness?

Weakness of muscles: Starting with cranial nerve musculature causing double or blurry vision, droopy eyelids, trouble speaking, blank fancies, the weakness then begins to affect arms and legs and may cause respiratory muscle paralysis. ...Read more

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How can botulism be used to treat other disorders?

Neurotoxin use : The germ clostridium botulinum produces a chemical toxin that can cause disease (botulism). The chemical can also be used clinically for a variety of conditions. It is quite well known to relax wrinkles in your face when injected into facial muscles. It has practical uses in treating kids with spastic muscles by injecting the nerves that control them and relaxing them to help therapy. ...Read more

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What are the major presenting symptoms of botulism?

What are the major presenting symptoms of botulism?

BOTULISM: The sx are:nausea, vomiting , abdominal cramps and lbm precedes neurologic sx of cranial nerves and descending paralysis. Wound botulism has no GI sx. Infant cases has constipation 90 percent, then paralysis. ...Read more