What is Botox?

Feb 21, 2012
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What is Botox? Botox (botulinum toxin) is a naturally occurring bacteria that has been used in medical treatments related to muscle over-activity as well as for cosmetic purposes.

Botulinum toxin is a lethal, substance that is present in soil and dust, honey and even in carpets and households that appear clean. It was originally named for its occurrence in sausage meat. Researchers discovered in the 1950s that injecting overactive muscles with minute quantities of botulinum toxin type-A would result in decreased muscle activity. This will effectively weaken the muscle and reduce muscle over-activity for a while.

Botox is medically used in the treatment of spasms and dystonias including the following:

  • Spasmodic neck
  • Excessive blinking.
  • Excessive sweating
  • Squinting eyes
  • Failure of the lower esophageal sphincter to relax
  • Migraine and other headache disorders

The newest approval of the FDA is for use of Botox as a treatment for overactive bladder. In the case of urinary incontinence Botox is injected into bladder to relax it, allowing patients more muscle control and less incontinence.

You can learn more about this in Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botulinum_toxin

Author: Tanya