Botulism Treatment News and Symptoms Information

What is Botulism?

(Symptoms, Causes & Treatment)

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and sometimes by strains of Clostridium butyricum and Clostridium baratii.

There are five main kinds of botulism:

  • Foodborne botulism is caused by eating foods that contain the botulinum toxin. The most frequent source is home-canned foods, prepared in an unsafe manner.
  • Wound botulism is caused by toxin produced from a wound infected with Clostridium botulinum. Injection drug users are at increased risk for wound botulism.
  • Infant botulism is caused by consuming the spores of the botulinum bacteria, which then grow in the intestines and release toxin.
  • Adult intestinal toxemia (adult intestinal colonization) botulism is a very rare kind of botulism that occurs among adults by the same route as infant botulism.
  • Iatrogenic botulism can occur from accidental overdose of botulinum toxin.

Signs and symptoms of botulism may include: 

  • double vision
  • blurred vision
  • drooping eyelids
  • slurred speech
  • difficulty swallowing
  • dry mouth
  • muscle weakness

 

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