Botox can be an effective therapeutic migraine headache treatment and hyperhidrosis treatment (excessive sweating). Medical Botox treatments are often covered by extended health benefit plans when prescribed by a medical doctor to treat these conditions.
Botox has been found to be effective migraine headache prevention. By relaxing the muscles that are associated with migraines, Botox significantly reduces the frequency, severity and medication usage in approximately 50% of sufferers. Botox interrupts signals to nerves that cause muscle contractions that can trigger the erratic nerve firing and blood vessel spasms of migraine headaches. After Botox therapeutic injection, migraine attacks can be reduced for approximately 3 months.
Botox treatments for migraines take minutes. Specific trigger points and migraine sites are injected directly. The benefits of one treatment can last for several months. Most often, patients return to work or normal activity immediately following Botox treatment. The Botox starts to work 3 to 4 days after the procedure and migraines become less frequent or severe.
Researchers have discovered that Botox injections effectively treat hyperhidrosis by blocking the message from the nerve to the sweat gland so that perspiration is greatly reduced or stopped in the area it is injected. Botox was approved for the treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm perspiration) in 2001. It is also commonly used on the palms of hands and the soles of feet. In a few minutes, using tiny injections, Dr. Patodia can provide relief lasting an average of 7 months.
Botox injections used for therapeutic purposes, such as migraine prevention and hyperhidrosis, are often an insured medical benefit. Most extended medical insurance plans in Canada cover the cost of the Botox therapeutic medication (non-cosmetic).
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