What is included in patient education about botulism?

Updated: Feb 15, 2019
  • Author: Kirk M Chan-Tack, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
  • Print

When preserving food at home, kill C botulinum spores by pressure cooking at 250°F (120°C) for 30 minutes. The toxin can be destroyed by boiling for 10 minutes or cooking at 175°F (80°C) for 30 minutes. Do not eat or taste food from bulging cans. Discard food that smells bad.

Cessation of intravenous drug use prevents wound botulism due to this vehicle.

Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!