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Botox Sponge Treats Allergic Rhinitis as Effectively as Injections

by VR Sreeraman on  October 19, 2009 at 12:33 PM Research News   - G J E 4
Botox Sponge Treats Allergic Rhinitis as Effectively as Injections
Treating intrinsic or allergic rhinitis by injecting botulinum toxin (botox) may soon be history, for a new study has shown that sponges soaked in botox are equally effective in treating the condition.
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The study offers a potential needle-free treatment to the millions of sneezing and sniffling rhinitis patients.

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Rhinitis patients suffer from an inflamed inner lining of their nose, causing itching, congestion and sneezing.

Rainer Laskawi worked with a team of researchers from the University Medical Center Goettingen, Germany, to test the effectiveness of the botox sponge.

"Intrinsic rhinitis affects a lot of patients and can be quite disabling for the patient. Botox injections can help, and we wanted to explore a less invasive alternative," he said.

The researchers inserted sponges into the patients' nostrils for 30 minutes, which were soaked with botox directly after the insertion.

The patients then kept a 'nose diary' for the next twelve weeks, detailing sneezes per day, tissues used and a 'congestion score'.

A group of patients who received the treatment scored better on all aspects.

"We've shown that the minimally invasive application method of BTA with a sponge is a safe, painless method which can lead to a long lasting reduction of nasal hypersecretion," Laskawi said.

The study has been published in BioMed Central's open access journal Head and Face Medicine.

Source: ANI
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