5 Conditions That Botox Can Help Treat
While Botox is best-known for helping battle wrinkles, it actually can help out with other conditions as well. Botox is a neurotoxin that temporary blocks the nerve signal to the wrinkled areas, giving the skin a chance to recover.
This neurotoxin can be used for so much more than wrinkles.
Migraines: Migraines are an incredibly debilitating form of headache that can be hard to control. Migraines are often described as a pulsing pain in one side of the head that is often accompanied by tunnel vision, nausea, and vomiting. While migraines are different in different patients, Botox has been shown to provide some relief to migraine sufferers. Chronic sufferers can be described as persons who experience a migraine at least fourteen times in a month. Botox is injected into the trouble areas around the face and neck, blocking the nerve signal that is causing the intense pain, allowing the patient to find some relief.
Excessive Sweating: Everyone sweats to one degree of another, but there is a condition that could explain it better. Axillary hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a condition that causes patients to produce more sweat than the average person. The neurotoxin in Botox blocks the sweat-ridden area, reducing the amount of sweat that a patient experiences. This isn’t just for underarm sweat either. People have reported using Botox for excessive hand and feet sweat as well.
Overactive Bladder: This might be one of the most surprising uses of Botox, but Botox is approved to help with overactive bladders. This is especially an issue for women, but Botox helps block the signal that is causing the constant disturbance or bladder leaks, allowing patients to go back to their lives before they began to suffer from an overactive bladder.
Cross-Eyed: Patients who suffer from strabismus, or cross-eyes, often are looking at having to go through some surgery or other eye treatments in order to help correct the condition. With Botox, the patients instead receive injections that will temporary relax the muscles that are causing the eyes to cross, allowing patients to move their eyes in the same direction.
Spastic Muscles: Another innovative way that Botox has been used is to treat patients who suffer from muscle spasms. Whether the spasms occur in the limbs, face, neck, or even the eyelids, Botox will block the nerve signal that is forcing the muscles to spasm, allowing the muscles to relax. This is also true with patients who have suffered from stroke or who have cerebral palsy and, as a result, have trouble moving their limbs well. Botox helps by blocking the signal that is making them spasm, allowing the muscles to relax and be used the way they were built do.
Botox itself has some wonderful uses that go well beyond helping with wrinkles. If you are interested in receiving Botox, call our office today and we will happily help you set up a consultation with the surgeon to go over all of your concerns.