bell palsy exercises pictures

Are there any exercises to work the muscles on one side of the face if you had bell's palsy?

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Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine
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Physical Therapy


Ask your doctor (PMD, neurologist) for a physical therapy prescription. You can try some one your own but I would recommend working with someone who can monitor your progress. I'm not advocating any specific sites, but there are some examples on the internet.
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Anything reccomended to treat Bell's palsy? Besides steroids since I wasn't able to take any. Such as good products, vitamins or any facial exercises

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Dr. David A. Cohen
Internal Medicine
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Steroids


The only reccomendation is a course of steroids. Often this gets better on its own.
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What causes bell's palsy?

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Dr. David I. Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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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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Stress less

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Count to ten. During the counting picture yourself acting and reacting in the best possible way.

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What causes bell's palsy?

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Dr. Mark J. Stern
Cardiology
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Facial Nerve Damage


Bell's Palsy is caused by damage to the facial nerve (Cranial Nerve VII). Frequently the cause is idiopathic and resolves on its own. Other causes can be tumors, Lyme Disease, HIV infection, sarcoidosis, stroke or multiple sclerosis.
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Dr. John F. Hoffmann
Plastic Surgery
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Probably a virus


Bell's palsy is weakness of the facial muscles. It is considered by many to be caused by a viral infection of the facial nerve - although that is not certain. It is important to rule out other causes of facial paralysis such a tumor growth or a stroke before arriving at the diagnosis of Bell's palsy. Anyone with facial weakness or paralysis should have a complete medical evaluation by a specialist
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Can Bell's palsy reoccur?

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Dr. John F. Hoffmann
Plastic Surgery
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Yes but rare


Bell's palsy can recur but this is rare. Recurrent facial paralysis or weakness may be more commonly related to a tumor growth, infection or a nerve disorder. This should be carefully evaluated by a neurologist of ENT specialist.
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Stroke

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Numbness or paralysis on one side of your body or the other may be a stroke.

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Is Bell's palsy contagious?

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Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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No


Even though some believe a viral infection plays a role in Bell's Palsy, the "disease" is NOT contagious.
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How common is Bell's palsy?

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Dr. David I. Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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Not very


Bells palsy is not as uncommon as is generally believed. Worldwide statistics set the frequency at just over .02% of the population (with geographical variations). In human terms this is 1 of every 5000 people over the course of a lifetime and 40,000 Americans every year. (courtesy of the Bells palsy web site)
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How can I treat Bell's palsy?

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Couple of ways


Treatments for Bell's palsy include ensuring protection for your eyes [make sure that they are kept moist and protected]. Sometimes physicians will prescribe steroids [to reduce possible swelling] or antivirals [if it is suspected that the Bell's palsy was triggered by a virus]. If you suspect that you have Bell's palsy, see your doctor to determine the right course of treatment.
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Dr. Yo-El S. Ju
Neurology
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Time and ?medication


Many cases of Bell palsy resolve on their own. Medications such as steroids (prednisone, methylprednisolone, and similar) and antiviral medications such as acyclovir may be helpful. See the American Academy of Neurology's article on Bell Palsy here: http://patients.aan.com/disorders/index.cfm?event=view&disorder_id=864
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Is Bell's palsy a hereditary?

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No


Bell's palsy is thought to be due to a viral infection of the facial nerve. Other causes include Lyme's disease and Sarcoidosis but its is not passed down from one generation to the next. That is not to say that you would not see Bell's Palsy in a parent and years latter in their child. Bell's Palsy rarely is seen bilaterally, if so it is diagnostic of Multiple Scerosis.
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How is Bell's palsy diagnosed?

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Dr. Kenneth S. Cheng
Family Medicine
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Depends on the Cause


Bell's Palsy itself can be diagnosed just with a history and physical exam. However, the cause of Bell's Palsy can be idiopathic (unknown cause) or range from infection to a tumor. Therefore your physician may want to run additional tests to find the cause of Bell's Palsy.
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Dr. John F. Hoffmann
Plastic Surgery
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Exam and tests


Bell's palsy is facial weakness or paralysis that is thought to be caused by a viral infection. It is diagnosed by the medical history and on physical exam. Many times additional testing such as a CAT or MRI scan will be used to rule out other causes such a a tumor growth
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