The Untold Medical Uses of Botox (Botulinum Neurotoxin)
Botox is commonly referred to as the ultimate cosmetic treatment for injections usually in the face or lips. A lot of people still don’t understand exactly what it is and how it can be used to treat a variety of medical conditions. The active ingredient is actually botulinum toxin which is a protein and neurotoxin produced by a specific bacteria. This neurotoxin in high enough doses can cause botulism and eventually lead to death. However, the doses and strength of products used for medical conditions are not close to the lethal amount that it would take to become poisoned.
- Chronic migraines – Botox received FDA approval in 2010. The botox is injected into the head and neck areas to relieve symptoms and frequency of migraines. There have been a few studies done to prove the effectiveness and there are many more studies currently underway.
- Urinary Incontinence – Botox acts to relieve muscle tension and relax your bladder, giving the patient more control over urination
- Cervical dystonia – This medical condition involves the cervical muscles contracting so Botox acts to relax the muscles so there aren’t random painful contractions for women.
- Cxcessive sweating -Relaxes the muscles and glands that control sweating.