Medical Advantages Of Botox
Minimizing wrinkles, making for fine expressionless faces, and reducing other signs of aging, are uses easily associated with Botox. Indeed, Botox easily ranks amongst the most popular cosmetic treatments today. But while Botox serves to help with cosmetic skin treatments, it can also be used to treat other medical conditions.
What is Botox?
Botox is derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. A fairly popular allegation leveled against its usage is that Botox is a toxin which can kill you when injected into the body. While the toxin (botulinum) from which Botox is made can indeed cause the disease botulism, Botox itself when used under prescription is safe in many ways. Botox can temporarily paralyze specific body muscles, making it a great treatment option for such problems as migraine, movement disorders, and excessive sweating.
Medical Uses of Botox
Before it became popular for its cosmetic uses in the early 1990s, Botox had been approved for use in the prescription treatment of certain problems. Some of these include:
- Muscle Spasms: Spasms of muscles in the eyelids, face, shoulders, neck, and upper body can be treated using Botox. Botox, as a nerve impulse blocker, prevents the brain from releasing chemical transmitters that force the muscles to spasm, by attaching to nerve endings. Treatment should be repeated often, as directed by your doctor.
- Excessive Sweating: Although not fully approved by the FDA, Botox can be used to treat excessive sweating. It is used to partially block the sweat glands by injecting it in the soles of the feet, palms, groin, and axilla.
- Parkinson’s: Any problem that results in spasticity can be treated with Botox, thanks to its effect as a muscle relaxant. Parkinson’s falls firmly in this category.
- Chronic Migraines: Botox has been sufficiently demonstrated to be effective in migraine prevention. Botox is injected every 12 weeks around the head region to ease the throbbing pain or intense pulsing in the affected area of the head.
- Other Conditions: Some other diseases that can be treated or controlled with Botox include hyperactive bladder, cervical dystonia (and other movement disorders), cross eye (strabismus), and incontinence. Medical professionals are of the belief that this list can soon be extended to cover other medical conditions.
Botox is a prescription drug that must be recommended by a doctor. The injection procedure is to be performed by a qualified medical professional, with the drug injected into the muscle tissues. Its effect will begin to be felt between 24 and 72 hours after use, as it works to stop muscle contraction. This effect will ultimately wear out after a few months.
Botox: Side Effects
Botox has a few side effects, which are mostly dependent on the condition it is used to treat. Some of these include fever, dizziness, headache, nausea, and muscle soreness. Be sure to consult with your health care provider if you experience any of these.