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.