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Could Botox be used to treat asthma?

Thu

It might be more commonly associated with anti-wrinkle treatment but now Botox is being suggested as a medical aid to people suffering with asthma; research by doctors in Australia has revealed that the injections may be able to help patients struggling to breathe due to the condition. Injecting Botox into the vocal cords could help to relieve the symptoms of asthma and another breathing problem called vocal cord dysfunction. The Botox paralyses the muscles in the throat so that they relax and breathing becomes easier; the effects are thought to last between two and three months.

The study involved a group of 11 patients who received up to 24 injections; 60% of those taking part reported a significant reduction in symptoms.

Professor Phillip Bardin, of Melbourne’s Monash Health, said that this treatment ‘may be an effective treatment for intractable asthma associated with abnormal vocal cord movement. Some of our patients had one or two injections, improved markedly and didn’t need any more treatment.’ He added ‘overall, the patients improved because they’re not as breathless as they have been in the past.’

There were some side-effects to the treatment, with a number of patients experiencing a softening of their voice after the injections were administered.

Teen toxing on the rise

Tue

 

The number of teenagers requesting Botox has risen in the last year, according to an investigation by the Daily Mirror, with a 15% rise in demand among the youth of Britain. The craze, known as ‘teen toxing’ has sparked fears among industry professionals that unregulated use of the dermal injections could lead to health problems in the future.

When correctly administered by a trained provider, Botox can be tremendously effective, but most clinics advise against giving it to people under the age of eighteen. Surgeon Dr Shoib Allan Myint was very concerned about the health implications of having Botox so young, Dr Myint said ‘This trend…has a potential for unnecessary complications from untrained injectors who are not physicians.’

Despite the warnings, thousands of teenagers are opting for Botox jabs in the mistaken belief that it will prevent them from ever developing wrinkles, some even let their mothers or friend’s parents inject the solution. The news that reality stars Harry Derbridge and Katie Price are firm supporters of the treatment is not likely to stem this worrying trend for children receiving Botox.

President of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Fazel Fatah, was horrified by the use of fillers on teenagers, saying ‘It can be open to abuse on many levels. Girls in their teens have absolutely no need for Botox, it is a complete myth that it will freeze their face and keep them looking young. Injecting Botox is also a very skilled job.’

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