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How do botulinum toxin injections work?

How do botulinum toxin injections work?

Weakens muscle actio: Botox works to weaken muscle function by blocking the connection between the nerve and the muscle. The Botox action slowly is reversed and eventually the normal muscle action returns. ...Read more

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Toxin (Definition)

Poisonous substance produced within living cells or organisms;man-made substances created by artificial processes are thus excluded. The term was first used by organic chemist ludwig brieger (1849–1919). For a toxic substance not produced within living organisms, "toxicant" and "toxics" are also sometimes used.[citation needed]. Toxins can be small ...Read more


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How many mg do I need for botox injection?

How many mg do I need for botox injection?

Units: Botulinum toxins are measured in units. Depending upon which muscles/wrinkles you seek to treat, the dose will vary. ...Read more

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Lidocaine injections for endometriosis, good idea? Side effects? How do they inject them? Do they work?

Lidocaine injections for endometriosis, good idea? Side effects? How do they inject them? Do they work?

Not likely: Lidocaine is not likely to be helpful for endometriosis. Others injections are much more likely to help, such as depo-lupron, which can suppress estrogen production. When the estrogen is suppressed, the endometriosis is suppressed, and your symptoms will likely improve. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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How does botox or Restylane (dermal fillers) treatment work?

How does botox or Restylane (dermal fillers) treatment work?

Differently!: Botox and Restylane (dermal fillers) are not similar at all and they are not interchangeable. Botox relaxes the muscles under the skin which allows the skin to move less and have less wrinkles. Motion wrinkles go away quickly, resting wrinkles take multiple treatments. Restylane (dermal fillers) is filler that replaces lost volume in the face. It works great for fixing facial contour, it does very little for wrinkles. ...Read more

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Anyone know how well cortisone injections work for cystic acne?

Anyone know how well cortisone injections work for cystic acne?

Local only: This can be used selectively for acute cysts but are only part of more comprehensive treatment with oral and topical medications. For severe cases Accutane which is used for 15-20 weeks can work well long term. Discuss with dermatologist your history and treatment options. ...Read more

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I want to know about Baclofen pump and phenol injection for Botox-resisted dystonia. Could they work on cervical dystonia and how much it costs?

I want to know about Baclofen pump and phenol injection for Botox-resisted dystonia. Could they work on cervical dystonia and how much it costs?

Generally No: Baclofen pump only helps with spasticity mainly in lower extremities. Phenol injection only helps if placed on a motor nerve, the problem with that would be loss of any other muscles associated that nerve resulting significant weakness in your neck area. ...Read more

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Can people with neurological diseases safely get dysport injections? If I have MS can I safely get dysport injections? .

Can people with neurological diseases safely get dysport injections? If I have MS can I safely get dysport injections?

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Myasthenia Gravis: If you have myasthenia gravis or eaton lambert syndrome then you should not get Dysport but people with ms can have it as long as the ms is not active and they are not having any problems with swallowing and breathing. ...Read more

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How do botox and Restylane (dermal fillers) injections differ?

How do botox and Restylane (dermal fillers) injections differ?

Different drugs: Botox is what we call a neurotoxin. It's a purified protein that blocks the transmission of a signal from the nerve ending to the muscle. By doing so, it allows the muscle to relax and in turn, it gives the skin a chance to relax and the wrinkles disappear. Restylane (dermal fillers) is a hyaluronic acid that is injected under the skin to fill depressions. It's usually used to reduce laugh lines or plump the lips. ...Read more

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How quickly do cortisone shots work for skin rashes?

How quickly do cortisone shots work for skin rashes?

Shots for rash: Usually steroid injections will provide a benefit in a few hours though it may take longer to see the full effect. ...Read more

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Can botulinum toxin be used to treat strabismus ?

Can  botulinum toxin be used to treat strabismus  ?

Useful/not a cure: Botox is used to help prevent contracture in acquired strabismus while nerves regenerate. Thus it can help the long term result. But it simply paralyzes a muscle but does not cure or improve actual function. A strabismic oriented ophthalmologist can be very helpful if you have newly acquired strabismus. ...Read more

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What are trigger point injections and can they be used to treat neck pain/muscle spasm? How quickly do they work? Any side effects?

What are trigger point injections and can they be used to treat neck pain/muscle spasm? How quickly do they work? Any side effects?

See below: These injections usually consist of a mixture of anesthetic (lidocaine and/or marcaine) mixed with a corticosteroid. A small needle is used to inject small portions of this mixture into tender points found in the muscle or "trigger points". They usually take 1-5 days to work. Side effects are minimal but may include soreness over injection site or temporary increase in pain before improving. ...Read more

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How do hCG drops and injections affect bodybuilding?

How do hCG drops and injections affect bodybuilding?

Why the question? : Stay away from this! You are an adult & should know better. ...Read more

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How do slit & traditional allergy injections differ?

How do slit & traditional allergy injections differ?

How they are given: SLIT stands for sublingual immunotherapy. SLIT and allergy shots both reduce allergy symptoms by inducing immune tolerance. SLIT has been much studied in Europe, but still considered research in the US and it is not FDA approved. Details of dose, side effects and long-term efficacy are being defined and available for not many pollens. ...Read more

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What benefit do botox injections in the foot offer?

What benefit do botox injections in the foot offer?

Sweating relief: Some people have a sweating condition that can affect the hands, feet and armpits called hyperhydrosis. Botox can decrease or eliminate this sweating for several months. ...Read more

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Optional. How can I do vitamin B12 injections?

Optional. How can I do vitamin B12 injections?

Why?: If you think that you are B12 deficient, get it checked out. You don't take injections for fun or to "supply good health". ...Read more

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How do corticosteroids get administered?

How do corticosteroids get administered?

Cream shots pills: As cream or gel. As shots into the skin and for extensive severe problems orally. ...Read more

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How long does it take botox for palmar hyperhidrosis to work?

Efecct in 7 - 10 day: It take up to 7- 10 days to reach maximum effect and the duration of effect is on the average about 18 weeks in Botox palms (range 8-32). ...Read more

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What do steroid injections do for frozen shoulder? My doctor has recommended steroid injection to treat my frozen shoulder. How do steroids help? .

What do steroid injections do for frozen shoulder? My doctor has recommended steroid injection to treat my frozen shoulder. How do steroids help?

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Dec inflammation: Frozen shoulder is an inflammation of capsule or the soft tissues around the shoulder. The cortisone injection will help to decrease inflammation which should help to speed the healing process. ...Read more

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How long do hCG trigger shots actually stay in your system?

How long do hCG trigger shots actually stay in your system?

About 7 to 10 days: Ovidrel or generic HCG 10, 000 i u will last approximately 7 to 10 days after the injection. Occasionally some patients will excrete the HCG over a 14 day period of time but this is very rare. ...Read more

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How well does Micro needling work for stretch marks?

How well does Micro needling work for stretch marks?

Modest improvement.: Micro needling is effective in tightening loose skin but only modestly and that is particularly true when it comes to stretch marks. It will definitely not remove them, but they may end up being narrower. ...Read more

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Botulinum Toxin (Definition)

Botulism is a rare but serious illness caused by Clostridium botulinum bacteria. The bacteria may enter the body through wounds, or they may live in improperly ...Read more