Fact or Fiction: Botox

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Botox is the brand name of a toxin that can cause botulism.

Botox is indeed a toxin. It's otherwise known as botulinum toxin A, which is a poison produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. You could get food poisoning if you eat something that contains Clostridium botulinum.

Botulinum toxins cause muscle paralysis by releasing a chemical into the nerves.

Botulinum toxins attach themselves to nerve endings and block the chemical used to make muscles contract.

Botulism can cause paralysis, but it won't kill you.

In the right circumstances, botulism can kill -- for example, it can paralyze your respiratory muscles.

Botox was first approved for conditions like uncontrollable blinking and lazy eye.

In the late 1980s, the FDA approved Botox for use with blepharospasm (uncontrolled blinking) and strabismus (lazy eye), among other muscle-spasm conditions.

In 2000, Botox Cosmetic was approved for use on frown lines between the eyebrows.

It was 2002, and frown lines were the first to be approved.

The effects of a Botox injection can be seen the next day.

You'll have to wait just a few days to find out how much your frown lines have disappeared.

If you get a Botox injection in July, you might still be frown-line-free by the holidays.

You might be OK -- the effects should last for about four to six months.

You can get Botox injections under your arms to decrease sweating.

Yes, people with hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) can get Botox injections in their underarms.

After a Botox injection, you shouldn't rub the area for a few days -- it could diminish the effects.

The Botox injection could migrate -- some people get a droopy eyelid for a few days -- so you shouldn't rub your eyes for 12 hours or lie down for three to four hours after an injection.

Most insurance companies will pay for cosmetic Botox injections.

No such luck.

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