Treatment for botulism

Botulism needs to be treated in hospital.

Thewayit's treated depends onwhichtype of botulism you have, but treatment will usually involve:

  • neutralising the toxins with injections of special antitoxins or antibodies
  • supporting the functions of the body, such as breathing, until you recover

Treatmentwon't reverse any paralysis that's already been caused by the toxin, but it will stop it getting any worse.

In most people, paralysis that occurred before treatment will gradually improve overthe following weeks or months.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018