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How to Treat Botulism
The most serious complication is respiratory failure. Treatment aims to maintain adequate oxygen supply, which may require a ventilator and close monitoring in an intensive care unit. Feeding through a tube may also be necessary.
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If treatment begins early, an antitoxin can stop the paralysis from progressing and may shorten symptoms. It does not reverse the disease process.
Methods to Eliminate the Toxin
Methods to eliminate the toxin include:
- Suctioning of stomach contents
- Medication to stimulate vomiting
- Surgery to clean a wound
- Antibiotics to treat a wound infection