Statistics from the American Academy of Dermatologyreveal that 7.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with psoriasis, a serious medical condition that affects the immune system and causes people to develop patches of raised, reddish skin covered with silvery-white scales on certain parts of the body.
While there's no cure for this condition, Florida news outletNews4Jax.com reports that doctors are currently experimenting with using Botox injections to help ease flare-ups.
"There's no cure for psoriasis and patients have to be applying creams and other therapies, even injections of specific agents, forever," Dr. Leyda Bowes, a Miami-based dermatologist, explained to the news outlet. "Also, sometimes the skin becomes lighter in color and there's no way of going back. It's pretty much permanent."
According to the news outlet, doctors believe that Botox injections may help "minimize the activity of inflammatory cells that fuel chronic conditions like psoriasis."
One of Dr. Bowes' patients,Lisa Encinca, has suffered from psoriasis for more than three decades. However, after receiving Botox injections, she said that she noticed a huge difference in her skin, noting that this is the least that her psoriasis has affected her in years.
It's unclear how long the effects will last, but the source reports that one series of Botox injections could last for as many as six months.
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