Botulinum Toxin, or commonly known as Botox and abbreviated as BoNT or BTX, is a type of neurotoxic protein that is produced by a gram-positive anaerobic bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. And while getting infected with this type of bacterium causes a condition known as botulism, BTX is widely used in treating some medical conditions and various cosmetic applications through injections.
Learn more as we are going to tackle some of the beneficial uses of BTX or BoNT in today’s blog post.
More Than Just For Treating Wrinkles
Botulinum toxin is commonly associated with treating wrinkles. In fact, we recognize it more in different names like Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport as they are considered as the popular kinds of injectable BTX.
But the fact of the matter is, this drug is not only good at paralyzing facial muscles for preventing wrinkles but BTX can also be utilized for treating other types of conditions from medical problems to severe pain disorders.
Below are some of the beneficial uses of BTX:
- Migraine – On Oct. 5, 2010, an FDA-approved Botulinum injectable was released in the market for curing chronic migraines. The drug is injected into the forehead, temple, neck, and shoulders to prevent the nerves from receiving the pain signals.
This type of treatment is recommended for individuals who are experiencing migraine 15x a month, which is generally lasting from 4 hours to 3 days.
- Involuntary Muscle Tightening – Botulinum injections can also be used to cure spasticity or involuntary muscle tightening as a result of cerebral palsy, stroke, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury.
- Neuralgia – Neuralgia is a condition wherein the person will feel sudden shoots of pain along the pathways of the nerves due to dysfunction or damage. BTX injections can also cure this condition by blocking the pain receptors in the nerve endings similar to how migraine is being treated.
- Hyperhidrosis – It’s a condition wherein a person experiences excessive sweating on specific areas in the body, particularly the underarms, hands, and feet. The injection of BTX-A has been proven to inhibit perspiration by blocking the receptors that stimulate the sweat glands from producing sweat.
- Eye Twitching – Involuntary twitching of the eyes is usually caused by dysfunctional nerves. And Botulinum is found to stop eye twitching for several months.
- Teeth Grinding – Excessive grinding can result in tooth pain and damage. So to prevent this from happening, BTX is injected to weaken the muscle that causes the grinding action.
- Overactive Bladder – And lastly, Botulinum toxin can also be injected to cure urinary incontinence or overactive bladder. The drug is injected into the walls of the bladder to reduce the sensation to urinate more frequently (especially during bedtime) and allow the person to sleep peacefully throughout the night.