Botox: A Medical Wonder Par Excellent
Did you know that Botox, that ultra popular anti-wrinkle cosmetic compound has other amazing uses in the medical world?
Here are some lesser known benefits of the anti-wrinkle wonder.
Botox for Eyelid Spasms
Known as blepharospasms, it’s a movement disorder of the eyelid muscles. Persons are not able to control the excessive twitching and as a result eyelids can droop affecting daily activities. If severe one will be unable to see properly, less so to drive a vehicle. Botox is used as a blockade at the neuromuscular junction where the nerves communicate with their muscles. Botox blocks the receptor and cuts off access to the nerves paralyzing the eyelid muscles and preventing twitches
Botox for Crossed Eyes
Called strabismus, it can be a childhood congenital issue or can occur from trauma. It responds to surgery but many people would not like to go under the knife for this. Sometimes people get Botox first to relax the muscles and see how the uncrossed eye will look. Botox is also a longer term solution for the condition.
Botox for Spasmodic Dysphonia
It’s a condition where vocal cord sounds are shaky, strained, or hoarse. It’s more of a neurological disorder as the brain receives abnormal signals and affected persons have uncontrolled spasms in their voice. Botox is injected into the vocal cords to slightly weaken the muscles so as to smoothen and steady the voice.
Botox for Drooling
It’s called hypersalivation, too much production of saliva. A few injections of Botox into the salivary glands can treat drooling. Botox will paralyze the nerves of the glands and stop them from over-producing saliva.
Botox for Excessive Sweating
Hyperhidrosis of the armpits, hands, feet, head, or face. Botox injections have been shown to be a safe and effective treatment to decrease sweating in those areas by as much as 87%, and 90% effective for hand sweating. Sweating maintains healthy body temperatures but Botox treatments are safe, affecting only a small percentage of the body’s sweat glands.
Botox for Migraines
Approved for chronic migraines, Botox injections to the back of the neck and at the base of the head, relax the muscles in the area and ease the pain.
Botox for Bell’s Palsy
It’s a facial nerve paralysis that causes one half of the face to droop. Although Bell’s palsy is usually temporary, Botox injections can relax the paralyzed facial muscle to help aid recovery.