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Side Effects Of Botox Injections

By Asha Das

Botox is a famous non-surgical cosmetic treatments, which contains botulinum toxin type A, human albumin and sodium chloride. It is commonly used for muscle spasm control, severe underarm sweating and cosmetic improvement. Botox Cosmetic is FDA approved for smoothing the lines between your eyebrows which are called glabellar lines. But it is being used unofficially for horizontal forehead lines, crow's feet, lines at the corners of the mouth and smoker's lines around the lips. Since this injection is given to the site where treatment is needed, the presentation and seriousness of side-effects will also depend on the site of injection.

If you experience any unusual consequence due to the Botox injection, you should seek medical advice as soon as possible. Here are some possible side-effects of the Botox injection.

Allergic reactions: If you are allergic to any of the ingredients of Botox injection, then the most expected side-effect would be allergic reactions. This can be characterised by itching, wheezing, asthma, rashes, red welts, and dizziness. It is recommended to take medical advice as soon as possible if you have breathing problems or dizzy feeling.

Bruising and swelling: This is an immediate side-effect of Botox injection, especially if you have sensitive skin. Mild or moderate pain can occur along with redness due to mild injury to the soft skin tissue.

Droopy eyelids: In certain cases, Botox may spread a little beyond the intended injection site and affect the surrounding tissues. If the injection is taken on the forehead close to your eyebrows or your upper eyelids, chances are more for you to get temporary droopy eyelids.

Urological Issues: Botox is used in the treatment of an overactive bladder, which cause uncontrollable urge to urinate frequently due to involuntary contraction of bladder muscles. Botox injections may help relax these muscles, but may cause urinary tract infections (UTI).

Flu-like Symptoms: This is one of the most common side-effect of Botox injection. This usually occurs a week after taking Botox. It can be presented as fever, headache, body aches, chills and running nose.

Sinus Infection: Some people get a sinus infection after Botox injection. Sinuses may swell up and may cause recurring headaches. The neck may also become tight along with the sinus infection.

Bronchitis and Upper Respiratory Tract Infections: This may occur in patients treated for spasticity. In patients with reduced lung function, Botox may cause breathing difficulties and this treatment for upper limb spasticity may result in upper respiratory tract infections.

It is very important to find out an experienced and expertise person for your Botox treatment. This will help you to know more about the need of a Botox injection and probably about any alternatives.

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Story first published: Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 6:05 [IST]
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