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4 Surprising Uses for Botox

Did you know that there are many other uses for Botox aside from smoothing wrinkles? Check out the following:

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Overactive bladder
Botulinum toxin is also used to treat overactive bladder by patients who do not respond to or who cannot tolerate the side effects of other medications. It helps to reduce leaking of urine, feeling of needing to urinate right away, and frequent trips to the bathroom. Source: WebMD

Excessive sweating
You don’t hear about it much, but for nearly seven years now, Botox has been approved for “severe underarm sweating.” (The technical term is axillary hyperhidrosis.) It has, in fact, been proven to alleviate symptoms of all sorts of sweating, from underarms to hands and feet by blocking the release of the chemical responsible for stimulating the sweat glands.

The product is simply injected — using an ultra-fine needle — just under the skin where the sweat glands rest. (Note: Botox injections don’t cure the condition, they just treat it for up to seven months.) Source: TotalBeauty

Migraines
Neurologist Mark Stillman, MD, says that migraine sufferers are among those most likely to benefit from botulinum toxin injections. “The FDA approved botulinum toxin for the treatment of chronic migraines on October 15, 2010 after receiving and reviewing two large multicenter trials,” he says. Chronic migraine is defined as a migraine lasting 15 or more days a month, for more than three months. Generally, migraines last anywhere from four hours to three days. Botulinum toxin is injected into the temples, forehead, neck and shoulders, preventing pain signals from reaching nerve endings. Source: Health.ClevelandClinic

Crossed eyes
Botulinum toxin has been around since the 1960s and was first injected into a human in 1980, but it wasn’t administered for wrinkle treatment. Instead it was used to treat crossed eyes and uncontrollable blinking. Botox is still used for these ailments to this day. Source: RealSelf

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