- Botulism is a severe illness caused by neurotoxin, generically called botulinum toxin, produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.
- The toxin causes the disease as a barrier to take out acetylcholine from motor nerve endings.
- It numbs the nerves so the muscles cannot combine.
Symptoms & Signs
- Blurred/Double vision
- Flopping eyelids
- Stammer speech
- Dry mouth
- Muscle fragility
- Dilated pupil
- Over fatigue
- Abdominal discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Urinary storage
- Facial weakness
- Antitoxin can serve as remedy through blocking the action of neurotoxin circulating in the blood.
- Antitoxin can intercept the disorder from worsening, but recovery still takes many weeks.
- Doctors can take out the contaminated foods which are inside the gut, through vomiting or by using enemas.
- Usually surgical is the solution to heal the wounds, by removing the source of the toxin-producing bacteria.
- Antibiotics are not used in food-borne botulism but are used in wound botulism.
- It’s recommended to seek advice from an infectious-disease specialist to help manage treatment protocols.
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