Produced from Clostridium botulinum bacteria, Botox is an injectable drug. Botox injections are used to cure chronic pain and reduce the wrinkles. The studies have found that these injections are responding well to cure the migraine headaches and other chronic pain conditions.
Botox Injection and Chronic Migraine
It is vastly believed that botox can only prevent and reduce the wrinkles. But, the research has shown that the botox injections show the same action as that of migraine prophylaxis. Botox acts the same as the migraine prophylaxis which reduces the duration, frequency, and severity of migraine attacks.
Before treating any disease, understanding the disease and treatment procedure is necessary. But the most crucial thing is to treat the symptoms for which we search different treatments. Factors like neurogenic inflammation, peripheral sensitization, nerve hyperactivity, area cortical depression and etc., trigger a chronic migraine. So we should adopt such a treatment that can cure the factors. Botox injections, in general, are found to be standard treatment in pain management.
Side Effects of Botox Injections
Botulinum toxin is considered to be life-threatening causing botulism – a kind of food poisoning. But consuming a small doses of (applications of botox) has few side effects which aren’t life-threatening.
Since Botox is typically used for reduction and prevention of wrinkles that relaxes the muscles causing minor side effects. Here are some more side-effects that it can show during the treatment period:
- Paining, swelling or bruising of the injected spot
- Drooping eyelids
- Uneven eyebrows
- Dry eyes
- Excessive tearing
- Crooked smile or drooling
- Asymmetry parts
The side effects mentioned above are, however, temporary that fades away within a few days.
But in rare cases, a person suffering from botulism may have some more severe side-effects such as:
- Facing difficulties in swallowing, breathing and speaking
- Having vision problems
- Loss of bladder control
- Feeling weak generally
After Effects of Botox Injection
Since botulinum is considered to be life-threatening, Botox injections are found to be safe. The studies say that the other cosmetic applications/ treatments are riskier than the botox injections (if consumed in small amounts). This means the overall risk involved is minimal and it is safe for use for cosmetic treatments.
Even plastic surgeons have seen the effects of botox on migraine and have found it to be effective. Research indicates that the instances of headaches reduces in a month with botox injection while it takes more than three to four months to cure it with other treatment methods. Even the severity of the pain has lessened along with the reduction in medications. Botox has achieved 80% success rate in reducing headache. Researchers found that it is quite effective and the botulinum type-A acts as a placebo for migraine prevention.
Though botox injections leave some traces of side-effects, it’s quite effective for remedy for headache. Though there are fallouts, it’s one of the most reliable remedy for the treatment of headache.