07 Jul 10 Little-Known Facts About Botox
Botox is well-known for temporal removal of wrinkles on the skin. But this naturally occurring substance is also a very useful medication for other conditions. Botox is actually a brand name of a medication that contains botulinum toxin, which is produced from bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. It works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles at the injection site. It is effective for more than just cosmetic procedures. Today we present to you some little-known uses for Botox that we thought you would enjoy.
Incontinence and Overactive Bladder
People with an overactive bladder or those who find it difficult to control their urine may use Botox to treat the condition. It helps these individuals to minimize leakages when it is applied appropriately.
Excessive Underarm Sweating
Excessive underarm sweating can stain and damage your clothing. When Botox is injected straight into the armpits, it relieves the excessive sweating and prevents further damage to clothes or embarrassment at public gatherings.
In different scientific studies, participants have reported relief of their arthritis symptoms after receiving a Botox treatment. It blocks the transmission of chemical signals between the nerves and the brain, thereby reducing pain. In a study on knee pain, Botox paralyzed the muscles where it was injected and cut off the communication with the joint’s pain nerves. Since other muscles were not affected, the unaffected muscles could be strengthened through exercise.
A study conducted over one year by Norwegian scientists showed that internal Botox injections may help obese people to shed weight. In the study, 15 out of 20 participants lost a significant amount of weight after taking three internal injections at the lower portion of the stomach.
Botox for Chronic Migraines
Botox can provide relief for people who experience chronic migraines – more than 14 episodes monthly. The FDA has approved it for people who experience migraine at least 15 days in a month with headaches lasting for at least 4 hours.
Relief from Peripheral Neuropathy
Cancer patients, who are receiving chemotherapy treatment with oxalplatin, carboplatin and cisplatin, could end up with peripheral neuropathy. This condition is caused by damage of the nerves in the bowels and bladder as well as nerves connected with arm and leg movements. Botox has been proven to help relieve peripheral neuropathy.
Improved Sexual Health
Botox can improve the sexual health of women. Some women experience involuntary muscle spasms in the vagina, which can make penetration very difficult. Scientists have, however, shown that when this naturally occurring substance is injected into the muscles of the vaginal wall, it can reduce these involuntary muscle spasms.
Dystonia is a medical condition characterized by involuntary muscle movement. Although there are not many studies to prove this claim, the use of Botox for similar conditions shows that injection of Botox may help to relieve dystonia.
Spasticity in the arms or legs can be a very unpleasant situation. That is why the FDA has approved the use of Botox for adults with this condition.
Eye Muscle Disorders
In 1989, the FDA permitted the use of Botox for the treatment of two eye conditions: blepharospasm and strabismus. Blepharospasm causes frequent eyelid spasms while strabismus creates focusing problems since it does not allow the eye muscles to be properly aligned.
Botox can serve as a form of treatment for several medical disorders as well as for cosmetic purposes. You should discuss with your physician first before using it to treat any of the disorders highlighted here. If you have questions concerning the use of Botox or if you think these treatments may be beneficial for your specific circumstances, please feel free to contact Dr. Sue Reddy for more information. Dr. Reddy will be more than happy to take the time to discuss your options and help you see if the treatments discussed are right for you.