Could Botox be the cure for your seasonal allergy symptoms?
While you may be more familiar with Botox as a cosmetic injection to remove wrinkles, the pharmaceutical was initially developed to treat eye tremors. Since it hit the market in the 1980s, however, doctors have found numerous uses for the injectable drug.
The drug's manufacturers have found a new way to make it into an absorbable cream. Doctors told reporters for Medical X Press that they are excited about the potential applications of this new compound. A medical study in Melbourne, Australia, aims to determine whether Botox can be used to lessen the pollen allergy symptoms of those who rub the cream under their noses.
Doctors think that the Botox cream will affect the nerves within the nose, causing those who normally experience seasonal allergy symptoms to have less of a problem. They expect the treatment to remain effective for up to three months, according to the source.
"That's really the crucial development that has taken place. So consequently it is going to be possible in the future to extend its use from being mostly a cosmetic product… to become possibly even more useful." Philip Bardin, a professor at the Monash Medical Center in Melbourne.
The drug has already passed a preliminary trial that indicates that it will be able to provide relief, and the next step is a full-fledged study with 70 participants. If it is found to be as effective as researchers suspect it is, this development could change things for those who suffer from allergies.
While this could be an exciting development for those who have seasonal allergies, there are many proven ways to lessen symptoms in the meantime. One way to do this is to limit your exposure to pollen and indoor allergens by using a respirator mask while cleaning.
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