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Botulinum Toxin May Hold Untapped Potential for Common Skin Diseases

Posted: March 1, 2013

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The newest frontier that dermatologists are researching is the topical application of botulinum toxin. Gilbert noted that several companies are developing molecules of botulinum toxin in a topical gel preparation that can target inflammation of the nerves. For example, animal studies are testing the effectiveness of the topical application of botulinum toxin for nasal allergies.

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“Based on current animal data and clinical case reports, dermatologists are hopeful that botulinum toxin could help countless patients who suffer from inflammatory skin conditions and other painful medical conditions,” said Gilbert. “Clinical studies are underway, and it is possible that FDA approval of the neurotoxin for these expanded indications could occur in the not-so-distant future.”