Mon 20 Jan, 2003 04:29 pm
What bothers me is the idea of paralyzing sweat glands. I know that there are some people who have problems with underarm perspiration, but is botox a good long term solution? I wonder of there would be any side effects that would show up later, from this procedure. If YOU were troubled with this problem, would you consider botox?
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Botox shots commonly used to temporarily smooth facial wrinkles may also be an aid to those with smelly armpits, a German study said Monday.
Volunteers were asked to rate the intensity and "unpleasant" or "pleasant" odor of cut-out armpits from T-shirts worn by 16 people given shots with the botulinum toxin A -- known as Botox -- in one armpit and a harmless solution in the other.
Botox, a purified form of the toxin that causes botulism food poisoning, smooths wrinkles and paralyzes sweat glands by interfering with neurotransmitters and relaxing muscles.
According to the study, published in the journal Archives of Dermatology , the T-shirts were worn for a 24-hour period and rated from zero to six for smell intensity and minus-3 to plus-3 for the "unpleasant" or "pleasant" quality of the odor.
Study author Marc Heckmann of Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich said the armpits scored an average 2.69 on the intensity scale before treatment, falling to 1.83 after treatment, study author Marc Kechmann of Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich said.
As to smell quality, the scores averaged minus-1.14 before treatment and plus-0.46 after. The armpits were noticeably drier following the shots.
Ya need to sweat. Kinda scary to me, this botox thing.
Oh yeah. Injectin' poison hither and yon. What fun.
Botox is used since years in the USA to smooth skin folds/wrinkles.
Dr. Heckmann, the author, is a specialist on Botulinum-Toxin.
What can't they do with botox?
"It's pretty cool," Chancellor tells WebMD. "People think Botox is just for facial wrinkles. But just like the face, the bladder and other internal organs are mostly made of muscle. When those internal organs spasm, Botox can quiet them down."
Chancellor's patients had a variety of disorders -- multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, stroke, and overactive bladder. They also had urinary problems caused by muscle spasms in the bladder or in the sphincter, which is the valve that controls urine release. Some were not able to control their bladder -- what's known as "urge incontinence." Some were completely unable to urinate and needed a catheterization.
"These were not people with a mild problem," Chancellor tells WebMD. "They had tried every drug out there without success."
After receiving Botox injections into the bladder or the urethra, 41 of the 50 patients -- 82% -- reported a decrease or absence of their urinary problems, he reports.
No so sure about describing a medical procedure as 'cool' - sort of a Dougy Howser approach.
With all of these things, I don't mind if they're used in genuinely extreme situations -- continuous, debilitating flop sweat (it happens) or whatever. I just hate when it goes from that realm to "ooh, I don't have to buy any more Secret! Yes!"