Botox to Clear up Skin Problems

Psoriasis is a chronic skin problem that occurs when skin cells grow too quickly, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. But it might improve with Botox. The cells build up in patches called plaques that may form on the knees, elbows, scalp, hands, and feet. Maria K. Hordinsky, MD, chair of the University of Minnesota’s department of dermatology in Minneapolis, is lead investigator of an ongoing study onBotox as a treatment for psoriasis as an alternative to topical medication or light therapy.

“Preliminary results suggest even treatment of one plaque with Botox may be beneficial,” Dr. Hordinsky says. In her study, the most commonly reported side effect was itching in the injected area. Other side effects may include localized pain or infection. In rare cases, Botox can spread from the injection site and cause urinary incontinence, difficulty swallowing, difficulty breathing, or death. Additional research is needed to assess safety and how long-lasting the effects of Botox are for psoriasis.

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