You may have wondered about the negative side effects of botox. While botox side effects are relatively rare, they can and do occur. If you are considering botox injections, you should be informed about the possible side effects. Do your own research and talk to your doctor.
Possible side effects of botox include:
Most of the time botox side effects only last a week or two. Some side effects such as paralysis of the face can last much longer, however. The effects of botox wear off in three to six months, and side effects may actually last that long.
Some people are allergic to botox and have allergic reactions. Signs of an allergic reaction include:
Botox can interact with other medications, both prescription and non-prescription. Make sure you tell your doctor about any medications you are taking, including over-the-counter drugs and nutritional supplements.
Botox side effects are more common in people with some pre-existing conditions, such as cardiovascular and neuromuscular problems. Make sure you tell your doctor about any illnesses or disorders you may have before taking botox injections.
There are a few things you can do to reduce your risk of the negative side effects of botox. First, make sure you choose a qualified doctor with experience giving the injections.
Don’t rub the injection sites for a day or so after receiving the injections. Rubbing can cause bruising and pain.
Avoid strenuous activity for a few days after getting botox injections. Strenuous activity can cause botox side effects like pain, bruising, headache, and influenza-like symptoms.
Ask your doctor what else you can do to minimize the risk of botox side effects. Despite taking care to minimize the risks, however, side effects may still occur.
Most botox side effects do not require any treatment. They will go away on their own. They are uncomfortable and inconvenient, but not dangerous. You can apply an ice pack to reduce pain, swelling, and bruising. Take ibuprofen or Tylenol for headache or flu-like symptoms. Remember that the symptoms will likely go away soon.
There are exceptions to that, however. Allergic reactions require treatment. Antihistamines and/or steroids may be prescribed to treat these. Infections will be treated with antibiotics.
If you have difficulty breathing or swallowing, you need to seek medical treatment right away. These side effects of botox can be very serious. They may be treated with medication, but in severe cases a person may need to be placed on a respirator until they are able to breathe on their own again.
If you experience any side effects of botox injections, you should alert your doctor immediately. If you experience symptoms other than those listed here, see your doctor. Your symptoms may or may not be related to botox. If you have any difficulty breathing or swallowing, go to the nearest emergency room.
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