Medical uses for Botox
Migraines: Botox injections can be a treatment option to help prevent chronic migraines, and should be considered if other treatments are not effective, not well tolerated, or cause too many side effects. Botox may offer a safe and effective preventative treatment option to help people with chronic migraine manage their pain and improve their quality of life.
Excessive sweating: Botox is a treatment option for excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis). It works by blocking signals the brain sends to sweat glands. Botox injections are administered in affected areas such as the armpits, hands, feet, or face. Results can last up to eight months.
MS and muscle spasms: Botox can be used to decrease spasticity related to multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions, and may help stop muscles contracting or twitching.
Bell’s palsy: Bell’s palsy causes the drooping of the side the face because of nerve problems. The effect usually goes away after some months; however, Botox injections may be used in long-term Bell’s palsy patients to relax muscles that have become tight or to help reduce unwanted muscle movements or twitching.
Squint: With a squint, also known as strabismus or crossed eyes, the eyes don’t look towards an object together. Botox may be injected into one of the eye muscles as a treatment option, usually if a squint develops rapidly without an obvious cause. The injection weakens the injected muscle for a period of time, which lets the eyes re-align themselves.
Eye twitching: Eye twitching is a repetitive, uncontrollable blinking or spasm of (usually) the upper eyelid. One common treatment for a type of eye twitch called benign essential blepharospasm is botulinum toxin injection. The treatment may relieve spasms for several months.