Can Botox Cause Headaches? How & Why Does It Happen? (Q&A)

Are you thinking of getting a Botox treatment done?

Are you worried if there can be any side effects from Botox and if they can be severe?

Have you heard anyone complaining of headaches after getting a Botox and are worried if you too could suffer the same?

If you are looking for answers to any of the above, you may get a lot of the information in this article today.

In this article, we talk about some of the most severe side effects of Botox, and also that one side effect of Botox, namely headache that can sometimes become too severe and really affect a Botox user. We also talk about whether or not it happens to all who use Botox and if it is as severe for everyone. In addition, we also talk about what could possibly cause these headaches and if there is any way to reduce the severity.

How severe are the known side effects of Botox? Does everyone react the same way to this treatment?

A person who takes Botox may have the following severe side effects:

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  • Problem in swallowing which can lead to inability in drinking water or eating food.
  • Drying and inflammation in the cornea.
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    Conjunctivitis in the eye which can lead to further serious eye infections.
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    Weakness and problem in the muscle.
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    Problems with voice and also with speaking.
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    Problems with closing the eyelids properly.
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    Double vision and difficulty with seeing.
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    Fever.
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    Loss of control over blinking and uncontrolled blinking.
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    Any sort of infection that can also progress into a more serious infection.
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    Heart rhythm abnormalities.
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    Problems of botulism.
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    Acute respiratory distress syndrome which can make it extremely impossible for the person to breathe.
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    Allergic reaction causing serum sickness.
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    Loss of hearing.
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    Eyelids turning inwards.
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    Brachial plexus nerve disorder.
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    Any allergic reaction that can turn into a life-threatening condition.
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    Wasting away of the muscles.
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    Erythema multiforme.
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    Blood clots getting collected in the organ, in the space around the organs or in the tissues.
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    Heart attack.
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    Infection in the lung as a result of inhaling the contents in the stomach.
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    Problems in controlling the functioning of the bladder.
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    Development of ulcers in the cornea in the eye.
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    Difficulty with breathing.
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    Seizures.
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    Redness on the skin that can get to a very severe level.

Not everyone who takes Botox treatment will experience the severe side effects as mentioned above. In some cases, the side effects may be too minor to even take note and will get better on their own. In some cases, there may be some discomfort that will go away on its own and within a short span of time after the Botox treatment has been done. However, few consumers also experience very severe reactions to Botox and if you notice any of the above, you need to immediately get in touch with the doctor to get instant medical help.

How common are headaches as a side effect of Botox? How bad can these headaches be?

An excruciating and disabling headache can be one of the more severe side effects of getting a Botox, one that can make you really uncomfortable and distressed for a long time.

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  • In most cases where the consumer gets the Botox injections in the forehead, there can be some occurrence of headaches which are mild and will get better in a few hours. Also, these are so mild that most of them will not require any medical attention or medication.
  • However, in some of the users though, this headache can really take on very severe proportions and become extremely painful. Also, these headaches can tend to become stubborn and do not get better in a few days, but may last for as long as a month and sometimes even longer.

What is it about Botox than can cause headaches, exactly?

There is no clear data yet about why Botox, which is often also used to treat severe cases of migraine in some people, can cause severe headaches in some. Some doctors feel that it could be because the injection causes a loss of balance in the functioning of the muscles, so that some of the muscles become relaxed, while some of them become too tight.

Here is a possible explanation why getting a Botox injection can cause a headache.

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It is possible that when the Botox is administered, the muscles at which it is targeted are not able to contract, and thus experience a paralyzing effect. However, the other muscles that are around that area and around those specific muscles start working more, in order to create a balance because of the muscles that are not working. This is one of the reasons why a Botox injection can cause headaches.

Is there a way to ensure that you don’t get headaches after a Botox treatment?

You can try some of the following to ensure that you do not get a headache after the Botox, or that it is manageable.

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    Do not take any medications for your headache, but try and rest and keep yourself hydrated. This can help to reduce and remove the headache in a day or two. If it does not get better, please make sure to speak to your doctor about it.
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    If you have experienced headaches earlier after taking a Botox shot and are now returning for a second shot, please mention the same to your doctor. If required, your doctor will reduce the dosage to see if it can help to reduce the headache.
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    You can speak to your doctor and see if using a different type of Botox, such as Botulinum toxin type B can reduce the severity or even the onset of a headache. Your doctor will be the best guide to suggest whether or not this is a good option for you.

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