Symptoms of Botulism food poisoning


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General information about symptoms of Botulism food poisoning: The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible symptoms of Botulism food poisoning. This symptom information has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of symptoms of Botulism food poisoning. Furthermore, symptoms of Botulism food poisoning may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of symptoms and whether they are indeed symptoms of Botulism food poisoning.

List of symptoms of Botulism food poisoning: The list of symptoms mentioned in various sources for Botulism food poisoning includes:

Symptoms of Botulism food poisoning: The classic symptoms of botulism include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, and muscle weakness. Infants with botulism appear lethargic, feed poorly, are constipated, and have a weak cry and poor muscle tone. These are all symptoms of the muscle paralysis caused by the bacterial toxin. If untreated, these symptoms may progress to cause paralysis of the arms, legs, trunk and respiratory muscles. In foodborne botulism, symptoms generally begin 18 to 36 hours after eating a contaminated food, but they can occur as early as 6 hours or as late as 10 days. 1

A neuroparalytic illness characterized by symmetric, descending flaccid paralysis of motor and autonomic nerves, always beginning with the cranial nerves. Symptoms include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, and muscle weakness. If untreated, illness might progress to cause descending paralysis of respiratory muscles, arms and legs.2

More symptoms of Botulism food poisoning: In addition to the above information, to get a full picture of the possible symptoms of this condition and its related conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by complications of Botulism food poisoning, underlying causes of Botulism food poisoning, associated conditions for Botulism food poisoning, risk factors for Botulism food poisoning, or other related conditions.

Medical articles on symptoms: These general reference articles may be of interest:



Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Botulism General: DBMD
2. excerpt from Botulism: DBMD

Last revision: May 26, 2003

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