Asthma patients can now find relief for their condition and have a wrinkle-free voice box at the same time. Australian doctors are trying a radical new treatment for patients with severe asthma by injecting botox into the larynx in an effort to relax the muscle spasms that cause difficulties in breathing.
The FDA approved Botox to treat overactive bladder in adults diagnosed with multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injury.
Botox or botulinum toxin type A which is commonly used for cosmetic surgery could be the solution for asthmatics worldwide. Doctors at Melbourne's Monash University are testing botox in a medical trial that is the first of its kind in the world as a possible treatment for asthma.
The trial will attempt to discover if voice-box asthma could be cured by Botox. Asthmatics that have problems with their larynx or lungs often feel spasms in those affected areas and have problems breathing. Botox could help the muscles relax and remove any sensations of breathlessness according to a Telegraph report.
"We don't think this will cure these asthmatics but it will help them to live better with asthma," the director of respiratory medicine at the Monash Medical Centre, Professor Phil Bardin said.
Patients with voice box asthma can confuse their condition with regular asthma. The voice box closes when it should open which causes the breathlessness so often associated with regular asthma. However, traditional treatments for asthma don't work with voice box asthma. Botox could help those muscles in the larynx to stop the spasms and make breathing easier.
Bardin explained that botox has been used before to treat other vocal cords disorders like laryngeal dystonia which is involuntary contractions of the vocal cords. The botox was injected into the larynx muscles. The same procedure will be used for asthma patients and will only require one treatment.
Voice-box asthma affects up to 250,000 Australians. The botox trials could help these patients by turning the severe asthma cases into mild ones.
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