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Depends upon type: Botulism types include food-borne, wound, and infant. To prevent food-borne, the most common type, avoid home canning of foods and store foods properly in the home. It is a rare disease. Early symptoms of botulism are related to the nervous system and include weakness, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, trouble swallowing, and can worsen. If you experience these symptoms, seek immediate attention. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Potential Danger: Botulism or botulism toxin causes paralysis of one's muscles by interfering with a neurotransmitter that facilitates communication between the brain and the muscle. In the past, this toxin produced by a bacteria, often caused death by respiratory suppression. With today's knowledge death is rare. We have learned to utilize the toxin to treat a number of medical conditions. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Intestinal growth: Spores of clostridium botulinum bacteria can be found in honey. When a child less than a year old ingests these spores they may not move them through the GI tract fast enough to prevent them from growing in the tract. When the bacteria begins to grow in the infant's intestinal tract it creates a toxin that leads to botulism. ...Read more
Babys 11wks. I'm terrified of botulism. Read every label I eat for honey. Scared I will drop a crumb and she will get it on her mouth. Normal?
See answer below: Botulinum neurotoxins essentially prevent the release of acetylcholine (neurotransmitter) in the synaptic cleft, thus preventing the trigger of muscle contraction. The paralysis in the skeletal muscle lasts for about 3 months. It lasts up to 9-12 months if used in the detrusor muscle in the bladder. Strength eventually returns when new connections are created between the nerves and the muscles. ...Read more
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