Botulism

About- Botulism is a rare but very serious illness caused by the botulinum toxin.

Types of Botulism
 Foodborne botulism
 Wound botulism
 Infant botulism
 Adult intestinal colonization
 Latrogenic botulism
 
Symptoms-
 Abdominal cramps (only in foodborne botulism)
 Abdominal distention
 Bad temper
 Blurred vision
 Constipation
 Diarrhea 
 Difficulty feeding
 Difficulty swallowing
 Double vision
 Drooling
 Drooping eyelids
 Dry mouth
 Facial paralysis
 Facial weakness
 Flat facial expression
 Irritability
 Lethargy and listlessness
 Nausea and vomiting
 Poor muscle tone
 Reflex problem
 Shortness of breath
 Slurred speech
 Speech disorder
 Tiredness
 Weak cry

Causes-
Botulism is caused by the botulinum toxin, a poison produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum) which is common in soil and exists in untreated water and may be transmitted through food, contact with contaminated soil, or through an open wound.
 
Risk factors
 Canned foods that are low in acids, such as fruits, vegetables, and fish
 Spicy peppers (chiles)
 Foil-wrapped baked potatoes and oil infused with garlic
 An injury
 Exposure to soil contaminated with the bacteria

Specialists to Visit
 Critical Care Doctor
 Neurologist
 Pediatrician

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References-
https://www.mayoclinic.org
https://en.wikipedia.org
https://www.healthline.com
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com
https://www.webmd.com
https://www.medicinenet.com

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