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Wound botulism is a rare but serious illness that happens when a germ called Clostridium botulinum gets into a wound and makes a toxin. If you get wound botulism, you will need medicine called antitoxin. Even after receiving antitoxin, you might need to stay in the hospital for several weeks or even months before you recover enough to go home. If you have symptoms of wound botulism, see a doctor or go to an emergency room immediately. Symptoms of wound botulism usually appear several days after injecting contaminated drugs rather than immediately. If you or someone you know has symptoms of botulism, see a doctor or go to the emergency room immediately.
If you do not, your symptoms may continue to get worse and can even be life-threatening. It is important to get medical care as quickly as possible, because the antitoxin and other treatments work better the earlier they are given. Some symptoms of wound botulism can look like symptoms of opioid overdose, such as slurred speech or inability to talk, weakness, and trouble breathing. If you or someone you know gets treatment with Naloxone, but still has symptoms of botulism, see a doctor or go to the emergency room immediately.
When you seek medical care, be direct and honest with your medical providers. Tell them about any drugs you have used in the past two weeks and how you used them. It can be easy to mistake wound botulism for other, more common illnesses. Your doctor needs to know if you use injection drugs, so you can be diagnosed and treated quickly and correctly.
Every year in the United States, about 20 people are diagnosed with wound botulism. Most get it from skin popping or muscle popping black tar heroin. Because the germ lives in soil, it might get into heroin when the drug is produced or transported, when it is cut or mixed with other substances, when it is prepared for use, or through some other way. You can prevent wound botulism by not injecting illicit drugs. If you are ready to quit using, there are resources to help you succeed:. Always use safe injection practices. Reduce your chance of getting a serious illness by using clean needles and equipment and cleaning your skin before you inject.
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