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Will stress cause bell's palsy?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
No: Bell palsey is felt to represent an reaction to a prior viral illness where antibodies developed to fight off the virus attack the facial nerve on one side instead. This produces the one sided facial droop.Most recover in time with no specific rx. Stress may predate a stroke, but this palsy has no link to that condition.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 44 years experience
Bell's palsy may also be a presenting sign of Lyme disease
Jan 6, 2012
Dr. John Hoffmann
Plastic Surgery 39 years experience
Not typically: Bell's palsy is thought to be due to a viral infection of the facial nerve but the exact cause is often unknown. While stress can aggravate many neurological problems it is not thought to be a cause of bell's palsy.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Can bell's palsy be caused by stress?

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
No: Although stress can cause the immune system to not work as well and this might lead to an increased incidence of viral illnesses, stress by itself does not cause bell's palsy.
A 26-year-old member asked:

Can bell's palsy be caused by lots of stress?

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Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Bell's Palsy: Stress is known to trigger many neurological conditions to flair, particularly when they are believed to be caused by an infectious agents (such as "fever blisters" and "shingles" from herpes). Bell's palsy is controversial, in that the root cause is not proven to be known, but could certainly be viral or "inflammatory".
A 29-year-old member asked:

What causes relapse of bell's palsy?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Bell palsy relapse: Mostly bad luck. Probably chronic stress and reduced immunity are factors, but it is very difficult to prove. It is well known that some people are prone to repeated episodes of bell's palsy, but this is unusual, and there are no known proven strategies to prevent these relapses.
A 26-year-old member asked:

What causes bell's palsy?

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Viral infection: Bell's palsy is one reason people develop facial paralysis. True bell's palsy is felt to be caused by a viral infection of the facial nerve leading to swelling of the nerve and damage to it caused by decreased blood flow. Steroids are very helpful in treating this. Some people incorrectly term facial paralysis "bell's palsy." this is not correct, you must exclude other causes of facial paralysis.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What are the possible causes of bells palsy?

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Viral infection: Bell's palsy is one reason people develop facial paralysis. True bell's palsy is felt to be caused by a viral infection of the facial nerve leading to swelling of the nerve and damage to it caused by decreased blood flow. Steroids are very helpful in treating this. Some people incorrectly term facial paralysis "bell's palsy." this is not correct, you must exclude other causes of facial paralysis.

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