Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Botulinum Toxin

  • 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
  • Dizziness
  • Over fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Urinary storage
  • Facial weakness
  • Incapacitate
  • 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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