Botox botulism is a disease caused by the presence of large amounts of a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum in the body. In its most common form, botulism can paralyze or kill people. However, it is not contagious. The symptoms include muscle weakness, difficulty breathing, and swallowing difficulties.
Historically, botulism was caused by eating contaminated food. But in modern times, botulism can also occur after a serious injury. For example, wound botulism can develop after a surgical procedure.
A symptom of botulism is difficulty breathing. Your doctor can test your blood for the toxin, and may start treatment immediately. It takes weeks or months to completely recover.
During World War II, botulinum toxin was considered a biological weapon. The Soviet Union and the United States used it to attack other countries. Now, it is used to treat muscle spasms, including cervical dystonia, or pain in the neck.
How Botox Can Help with Bell’s Palsy
After receiving Botox injections, you may experience minor discomfort. It is important to tell your doctor if you feel any unusual aches or pains during the treatment. You can also ask about the risks. Some of the possible side effects of Botox injections are headache, coughing, and eyelid drooping.
Despite the dangers of botulism, it is an effective way to treat some forms of severe neck spasm. Botox has also been found to be helpful in the treatment of Lou Gehrig’s disease, which affects the nervous system.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has investigated reports of child deaths associated with Botox. These cases involve children who have cerebral palsy.