What Are the Causes and Symptoms of Wound Botulism?

Q:
What are the causes and symptoms of wound botulism?

A:
Wound botulism occurs when the botulinum bacteria get into a cut. The situation can cause a dangerous infection that produces the toxin.

Common causes of wound botulism

  • Intravenous drug, especially using black tar heroin and injecting heroin into the skin rather than the veins

Wound botulism signs and symptoms include

  • Difficulty swallowing or speaking
  • Facial weakness on both sides of the face
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Trouble breathing
  • Paralysis

The following is a picture of wound botulism:

When you suspect that you have botulism, seek urgent medical care immediately. Because early treatment increases your chances of survival, and lessens your risk of complications.

 

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