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Botulinum toxin is a protein produced by a certain type of
bacteria (Clostridium botulinum). It is the same toxin
that can cause a type of food poisoning (botulism) if a person gets too much in his or her system.
Botox shots may be used to treat a wide range of problems, such as:
The effect usually wears off within a few months. When Botox is injected in small amounts into muscles, it doesn't get into a person's blood or cause sickness.
Current as of:
February 20, 2015
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Keith A. Denkler, MD - Plastic Surgery
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