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How is botulinum toxin A (Botox) used for medical purposes?

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Botulinum toxin A (Botox), a nerve toxin that can temporarily paralyze muscle, is often in the news as a cosmetic treatment for wrinkles. But it has actually been used in many areas of medicine for some time, such as in the treatment of muscle spasms and certain types of headaches. Its latest medical niche is the treatment of excessive underarm sweating.

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American Academy of Dermatology. 

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International Hyperhidrosis Society.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 20, 2018

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Dermatology. 

FDA.

International Hyperhidrosis Society.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 20, 2018

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