FAQ - Ergotism
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How does one specifically contract Ergotism?


I know it is contracted from ingestion of Ergot, but is this based on a single dosage or from continuous ingestion over a period of time? How much needs to be ingested?
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Ergotism is the effect of long-term ergot poisoning, traditionally due to the ingestion of the alkaloids produced by the Claviceps purpurea fungus which infects rye and other cereals, and more recently by the action of a number of ergoline-based drugs.  (+ info)

Does anybody know if Ergotism can be caused by the inhalation of ergot spores?


See, the thing is that Lord Carnarvon ( one of the people who opened King Tut's tomb) died from blood-poisoning/St. Anthony's Fire/Ergotism, and i was trying to find out if there was any truth in the idea that a fungus (Ergot specifically)) could have been in the tomb and somehow have infected him. any ideas? ( I could only find information about acquiring the disease through drugs or eating infected grains/breads.)

Thanks-a-bunch!
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im stumped  (+ info)

What is the disease caused by bread mold?


I'm studying art history, and a piece we have went over is Matthias Grunewald's "Isenheim Altarpiece." The altarpiece was placed in a monastery where people were treated for a disease that was caused by eating bread molds, and often resulted in gain green and them having to get limbs amputated. I have written in my notes that it is call "ergotism," however, I cannot find record of this being what it is actually called.
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You might be able to find additional info on these sites:

http://www.botany.hawaii.edu/faculty/wong/BOT135/LECT12.HTM (This site is really interesting)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ergotism  (+ info)

Serotonin syndrome question?


can ergotism cause a serotonin syndrome?
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Absolutely 100% yes it can!  (+ info)


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