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We all know this stereotype: Botox is used in cosmetic dermatology to tighten the face and get rid of wrinkles. However, did you know that it can actually be used to treat serious medical conditions such as Botox for migraines? These are only three out of the many other conditions that Botox can treat, so don’t be afraid to ask your doctor if Botox injections can work for you.

What Even Is Botox?

Botox, AKA Botulinum toxin type A, is famously used to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines in the face. This isn’t the only thing doctors use Botox for though, as it is a very effective treatment for several ailments. Although the drug is associated with a very serious type of food poisoning called botulism, medical professionals use Botox in very small, safe amounts. Using Botox to block certain nerves in your body can sound scary, but plenty of evidence shows just how successful Botox injections are for medical conditions such as these:

Chronic Migraines

With millions of people suffering from chronic migraines in America alone, you would
think Botox for migraines would be a more widespread and well-known treatment. Botox injections have actually been around for about thirty years, and in 2010, it was approved by the FDA to treat chronic migraines because of how effective it has proven to be.

If you experience migraines more than 14 days a month, your condition is chronic and likely affects your life in a big way. You should definitely consider different forms of treatment. Common symptoms of migraines are a throbbing pain in one area of the head, sensitivity to light and sound, as well as vomiting and nausea. If you do choose to receive Botox for migraines, your doctor will give you Botox injections around your head and neck every twelve weeks.

Woman massaging her temples after suffering from painful migraine.

Hyperhidrosis

Botox for migraines certainly isn’t the only thing we use Botox for here at Fox Medical Centers. Hyperhidrosis, a condition characterized by abnormally excessive sweating, can be an incredibly uncomfortable insecurity. If prescription antiperspirants and creams still aren’t enough to combat your hyperhidrosis, don’t hesitate to ask your physician about how Botox can help.

The Botox injections work by blocking the nerves that supply the sweat glands in your skin, and they have shown to reduce underarm sweating by over 80%. This treatment is also approved by the FDA and can be done in pretty much any area in which you experience hyperhidrosis.

Physician injecting Botox into a patient’s underarms for hyperhidrosis treatment.

Urinary Incontinence

Incontinence is simply the uncontrollable urge to urinate, and it affects a whopping 25% of women over the age of 75. While prescription medication is a common treatment, those with severe incontinence may be recommended a surgically implanted nerve stimulator or several other treatments.

However, some studies show that Botox actually worked better in women with severe incontinence than the nerve stimulator did. The women experienced less symptoms of incontinence with the Botox. Botox injections can add up over time, but a nerve stimulator is more expensive as well as invasive.

Here at Fox Medical Centers, we use Botox injections to treat a myriad of conditions, including strabismus, muscle spasms, Bell’s palsy, Botox for migraines, and many more. Stop by one of our Miami locations for an appointment with our experienced medical staff. We’re here to help!



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