Written By Anita Ginsburg / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
When someone talks about Botox, they generally think of it as a way to erase wrinkles. However, Botox has far more uses than just cosmetic. Botox is now used to treat several medical conditions that were once considered difficult to treat.
Here are four health conditions that Botox can help treat.
Botox And Migraine Headaches
Migraines are considered to be the worst headaches imaginable. They are most common in people between the ages of 18 and 44. Interestingly enough, migraines only affect about 12 percent of the population who suffer from chronic headaches.
If you are someone who experiences chronic migraines, Botox may be able to help. Botox reduces painful migraines symptoms by blocking the pain pathways of nerve receptors within the brain. If treatment is effective, you will usually need to have repeat injections every 12 weeks.
Botox And Excessive Sweating
Botox is also effective in reducing the embarrassing symptoms of hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. When injected into the sweat glands, Botox temporarily blocks the normal function, thus reducing excessive sweating and ultimately body odor.
Botox And An Overactive Bladder
Another common health condition people suffer from is an overactive bladder. In fact, over 33 million people in the United States suffer from an overactive bladder.
In addition to a physical anomaly, there are other causes for an overactive bladder.
These causes include the following:
- Consuming caffeine or alcohol
- Side effects of various medications
- Muscle weakness
- Sustaining nerve damage
Injecting Botox into the patient's bladder causes the bladder to relax, which alleviates the need to urinate as frequently. Over time, repeated Botox injections can provide long-term relief to both stress and urge incontinence.
Botox And Strabismus
Strabismus is an ocular condition that causes the eyes to appear crossed. When left untreated, strabismus causes a variety of symptoms, which includes blurry vision, seeing double and difficulty in focusing.
This condition was the first ocular condition to be treated with Botox, dating all the way back to 1981. It wasn’t until 1989, however, when it was eventually approved by the FDA. It's important to note that Botox is only used for specific types of strabismus such as esotropia, hypertropia, and exotropia.
As advancements in the medical world continue to evolve, so do the ways doctors use Botox. If you're currently suffering from one of the above-mentioned conditions, reach out to your physician and ask if Botox treatment is the right choice for you.
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Anita Ginsburg is a freelance writer from Denver, Colo. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn't writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.
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