The following article presents a short description on the benefits and side effects of hyaluronic acid injections.
Hyaluronic acid is described as the glycosaminoglycan (GAG) which comprises unbranched and long polysaccharides. It is also referred to as hyaluronan or hyaluronate. It is a naturally occurring substance in the human body, and is found in epithelial, neural, and connective tissues. Hyaluronic acid is responsible for lubricating and cushioning the joints. Because of these properties, it is being used for treating a number of health and cosmetic issues.
There are several benefits, the foremost being that it promotes the proper functioning of the joints. If hyaluronic acid is not present in required amounts in the connective tissues, it may lead to pain in the joints. In such cases, it is given to the patients in the form of medicines. Many doctors recommend certain dosages of supplements in order to lower the possibility of joint damage and arthritis.
Hyaluronic acid is believed to assist in the normal regulation of white blood cells. It is, thus, thought that people who have higher levels of this acid have a relatively strong immune system. Due to such a belief, it is sometimes prescribed by medical practitioners to people who are suffering from the problem of weak immunity. Such prescriptions have been observed to accelerate the healing of wounds and increase the resistance to fight infections. It has been found to be highly moisturizing in action. It can prevent as well as remove wrinkles. Therefore, it is used in anti-aging products. Presently, it is a common cosmetic practice to inject it to tone the skin, clear acne scars, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and treat various other aging signs such as skin discoloration, dryness, etc.
Many people develop side effects, like skin discoloration, with the skin turning bluish or reddish after a few doses. Cough and problems with swallowing are also commonly reported side effects. A feeling of dizziness and fainting frequently is one of the most common side effects associated with this therapy. Fever and pain at the place where the hyaluronic acid has been injected is also felt; this is normal if it subsides in a few days. Skin rashes, irritation, itching, a stuffy nose, swelling in the eyelids, face, and lips, difficulty breathing, disorders of digestive system, acute headache, bluish or purplish patches on the body, decline in normal appetite, nausea, abdominal pain, and swelling in the knee are some of the other reported side effects of these injections.
Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in certain foods, like potatoes, meat, and starchy roots. By consuming such foods, you can keep yourself away from various health issues that occur due to lack of hyaluronic acid in the body. At present, scientific research is on to invent ways to use these injections for hair growth and hair color restoration.