Botulism - Early Signs or Symptoms

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What are botulism symptoms and signs?

The classic symptoms of botulism include

  • double vision,
  • blurred vision,
  • drooping eyelids,
  • slurred speech,
  • difficulty swallowing,
  • dry mouth,
  • muscle weakness (resulting in a flaccid paralysis).

The classic symptoms may also be accompanied by other symptoms and signs such as

  • dilated pupil(s),
  • dizziness,
  • fatigue,
  • constipation,
  • abdominal discomfort or pain,
  • vomiting,
  • drooling,
  • difficulty speaking,
  • difficulty swallowing,
  • shortness of breath,
  • slow or absent reflexes,
  • urinary retention,
  • facial weakness,
  • paralysis.

Constipation may occur. The doctor's examination may reveal that the gag reflex and the deep tendon reflexes like the knee-jerk reflex are decreased or absent.

Infants with botulism appear lethargic, weak, and floppy, feed poorly, become constipated, and have a weak cry and poor muscle tone. In infants, constipation is often the first symptom to occur.

These are all symptoms and signs related to the muscle paralysis that is caused by the bacterial neurotoxin. If untreated, these symptoms and signs may progress to cause paralysis in various parts of the body, often seen as a descending paralysis of the arms, legs, trunk, and breathing muscles that can lead to death.

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Comment from: Researcher BoNT, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 15

Firsthand account: Early signs of botulism are profound muscle weakness to the point of collapsing after 10 steps; blurry vision, inability to activate lung muscles to draw in a breath of air, feeling of impending death. Doctors will not recognize, or misdiagnose. If these severe symptoms appear within 24 hours, there is 85 percent chance of death. Prepare to get on ventilator and request (demand) antitoxin as soon as possible from CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention). This happens when Botox goes systemic in bloodstream and transfers to brain via spinal column. JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) Feb 2001 explains 150 lb. person will die 50 percent of the time with an 88 unit injection. Cosmetic injections are supposed to be 20 but are 50 to 100 often.

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