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Botox is commonly known for its cosmetic uses, but it can be used for different medical purposes. While we all know Botox injections can banish wrinkles temporarily, there are other purposes of Botox that might not be as obvious.
Botox reduces excessive sweating
Maybe you don’t have any wrinkles or none that you want to treat just yet. But if you find that you sweat excessively, Botox is a treatment to temporarily reduce excessive sweating (formally known as hyperhidrosis). Hyperhidrosis is a very common condition as it’s estimated that 3% of the global population live with it.
For someone with hyperhidrosis, an injection of Botox is inserted into the affected area. Botox temporarily blocks the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. Severe sweating stops occurring since the sweat glands aren’t receiving chemical signals. The treatment can take about 10 minutes or more depending on the area. The results last up to six months.
Botox helps control overactive bladders
Botox injections also temporarily reduce urinary incontinence episodes. Symptoms could range from mild to severe; a person might leak urine when they cough or sneeze or have a strong, sudden urge to urinate without getting to a washroom in time. Women experience urinary incontinence twice as often as men. Factors like pregnancy, childbirth, menopause and a different female urinary tract causes this.
The FDA approved the use of Botox to treat overactive bladders in 2011. An injection of Botox is made to the bladder muscle to treat overactive bladder symptoms. Clinical studies have shown these injections can decrease urinary incontinence for about nine months.
It turns out Botox isn’t just for pretty faces. It can temporarily reduce excessive sweating and control overactive bladders to help patients stop worrying and live their lives worry-free.
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