More reasons to love Botox!
Botox (Botulinum toxin) famous for smoothing out wrinkles on the face has been approved by the FDA to treat excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis) as well as chronic migraine headaches in adults.
Hyperhidrosis is a condition described as unpredictable and uncontrollable sweating. It can occur in multiple locations of the body. Patients who suffer from excessive sweating and want to attempt more conservative therapy before surgery are good candidates to undergo Botox for hyperhidrosis.
Botulinum toxin (Botox) is a safe substance that is used in a variety of medical applications, including the disruption of sympathetic nerve signals that cause excessive sweating.
Botox is administered as a series of small subcutaneous injections in either the hands or armpit. The procedure itself takes only a matter of minutes, after which a patient will be able to return to normal activity.
Botox can be used for the treatment of palmar (hand) or axillary (armpit) hyperhidrosis.
Patients suffering from these types of hyperhidrosis have had very satisfactory results with injecting Botox. Several clinical studies have shown clear blocking of sweat secretion in the treated glands, with the effect lasting approximately six months.
Botox for Migraine Control:
The FDA says Botox injections have been shown to be effective in the prevention of migraines.
Migraines which are debilitating headaches that cause intense pulsing or throbbing pain and affect about 12% of Americans.
Patients with chronic migraine experience a headache more than 15 days of the month. This condition can greatly affect family, work, and social life, so it is important to have a variety of effective treatment options available.”
Allergan Inc., the maker of Botox, says in a statement that the FDA’s approval applies to people with chronic migraine, which it defines as a “distinct and severe neurological disorder characterized by patients who have a history of migraine and suffer from headaches on 15 or more days per month with headaches lasting four hours a day or longer.”
Botox to treat chronic migraines is given at intervals of about 12 weeks as multiple injections around the head and neck to try to dull future headache symptoms.
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