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Anyone contemplating Botox treatments for excessive sweating might want to consider the case of a U.S. teen-ager.
The 17-year-old girl, a typical whiz at sending text messages from her phone, had Botox injections to control excessive sweating on her palms — and afterwards, she couldn’t text as well, according to a case study published in Archives of Dermatology.
Doctors who use Botox said they had never heard complaints of texting impairment from patients, but they added that it wasn’t entirely unexpected since the injections have been linked to muscle weakness.
“I would definitely discuss this with my patients going forward as a specific potential side effect,” said Julia Lehman at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who treated the teen-ager.
The case “shows the importance of thinking about modern-day activities and how our treatments could potentially impair some of these modern-day activities such as texting.”
Even if the priority assigned to those activities is stupid!
Lehman’s patient suffered from excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, on her hands for several years. Prescription antiperspirants are usually the first treatment step. But when the teen didn’t get any better, Lehman moved on to Botox — which, given in tiny injections on the palm and fingers, blocks the signal that causes sweat to be released.
But it also relaxes other muscles not related to sweating in the process.
A week after getting Botox, the patient sweated much less, but her texting skills had decreased as well, Lehman reported. The impairment lasted for about six weeks, although the patient did not need a new Botox injection for several months…
Lehman said that since Botox is now being used in younger patients, this may require doctors to be in tune with side effects that, like texting, mostly affect that group.
I wonder if such Botox treatments might affect other oft unmentioned teenage preoccupations – like masturbation?