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Dr. John Hoffmann
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Bells Palsy (Overview)

A disorder affecting the nerve that controls movement of muscles in the face. Symptoms usually occur on only one side of the face, and may include having difficulty closing an eye, difficulty keeping food and fluids in the mouth, and problems making facial expressions.


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What is bells palsy?

What is bells palsy?

Facial nerve paralys: Bell's palsy is a viral infection that causes the facial nerve to no longer function. It can lead to weakness or paralysis of one side of the face. If treated early with high-dose steroids the paralysis does not last as long and the damage is not as permanent. An evaluation is important because you have to make sure other problems are not causing the paralysis. ...Read more

Dr. John Hoffmann
254 Doctors shared insights

Bells Palsy (Overview)

A disorder affecting the nerve that controls movement of muscles in the face. Symptoms usually occur on only one side of the face, and may include having difficulty closing an eye, difficulty keeping food and fluids in the mouth, and problems making facial expressions.


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Can bells palsy be cured?

Can bells palsy be cured?

Usually improved: Bell's palsy is presumptively damage to the seventh facial nerve which affects the motion of the forehead, eyelids, cheek and mouth. Depending upon the damage to the nerve, improvement generally occurs. A few will have some dysfunction and less commonly little function. There is no true "cure" and there is doubt about the effect of medication. Time will tell in each case. ...Read more

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Can bells palsy reaccure?

Can bells palsy reaccure?

Yes, but...: Bell's palsy is known as idiopathic facial paralysis. By definition, that means we don't know what caused it. All other causes of facial paralysis should be investigated first. Brain tumors, strokes, and a syndrome called melkersson- rosenthal syndrome should be evaluated for. ...Read more

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I suffer bells palsy in winter?

If repetitive,: Might be very different from the typical one-time bell's palsy, and could conceivably be related to underlying sarcoidosis, or even a neuroma which kicks up periodically. An immune nerve disorder cidp may cause bilateral facial weakness. Perhaps a neurologist ought to evaluate this. ...Read more

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How long could bells palsy last?

How long could bells palsy last?

Bell's Palsy: Bell's palsy is a condition which affects the nerve that controls the muscles of the face, mouth and eyelids. It usually only affects one side and often resolves in weeks. Some people have more chronic problems with facial muscle weakness. ...Read more

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Does bells palsy ever get better?

Does bells palsy ever get better?

Yes: Most people with bell's palsy will regain normal facial movement. This may take weeks or months however. Some people will only regain some movement and a few will remain completely paralyzed. ...Read more

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Can I workout @ gym with bells palsy?

Why not??: Current concept of bell's palsy suggests causation secondary to a herpetic outbreak. Exercise does not affect for better or worse, and might improve your spirits during this difficulty. ...Read more

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Do you have information about bells palsy?

See an ENT: Bell's palsy is a diagnosis of exclusion - meaning that diagnosis is only given when the precise cause of facial paralysis cannot be definitively given. You should see a doctor familiar with all causes. Fortunately most are of viral origin and self limited with full to near full recovery expected. However rarer causes like benign tumors, stroke, lyme disease etc etc must be ruled out. See an ent. ...Read more

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What are the possible causes of bells palsy?

What are the possible causes of bells palsy?

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. ...Read more

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What is bells palsy? And what are the symptoms

Facial paralysis: Bell's palsy is weakness or paralysis of the facial muscles. It is thought to be caused by a virus but it is important to rule out other causes such a tumor growth. Most people will regain normal facial movement with time but a few may have permanent weakness or spasms. ...Read more

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Bells palsy ever going to go away, what to do?

Usually improves: The great majority of the time. The weakness of bell's palsy goes away nearly completely or completely. The greatest improvement is usually within the first 4-6 weeks after the symptoms started. However, slow healing continues for several months. A few physical therapists specialize in muscle stimulation that can offer some improvement if the symptoms don't seem to be improving. ...Read more

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What to do if I have bells palsy. Please help!?

What to do if I have bells palsy. Please help!?

Bell's palsy: The course of Bell's palsy may be self-limiting with no residual damage, but because of the potential for irreversible injury to the facial nerve and related musculature, early treatment is recommended. Primary medications for management are prednisone and antivirals such as acyclovir and famciclovir. ...Read more

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Can exposure to extreme cold can cause bells palsy?

NO: Bells palsy is a disorder of the seventh cranial nerve. It is usually caused by inflammation of the nerve by a viral infection. A viral infection may occur due to exposure to cold, but is not the cold that causes the disorder. Acute treatment with steroids and antiviral agents may be of value, but most cases recover on their own with time. ...Read more

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What is the cause of bells palsy, how long will it last?

Multiple: Facial nerve pressure, viruses such as herpes simplex, cold sores, herpes zoster, epstein-barr, rubella, (german measles), mumps virus, tumors and strokes, are all thought to be possible causes. It can occur overnight and it can go away in a short or long period of time. Many people show signs of improvement within the first two weeks. ...Read more

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My bells palsy is not yet fully healed its been 2 years now. How long will it take?

My bells palsy is not yet fully healed its been 2 years now. How long will it take?

Question Bells: If it is true bell's palsy, it is unlikely that it will improve at this point. But, was the diagnosis correct to begin with? Have you had any imaging tests such as MRI or ct? I would suggest you revisit the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the difference betweeen bells palsy and ramseys hunt syndrome?

Herpes: Herpes oticus, also called ramsay hunt syndrome (an old term), is a infection of the facial nerve by the chicken pox virus, herpes zoster. It is painful. Bell's palsy is a dysfunction of the facial nerve of unknown cause. There is typically no pain with a bell's palsy. ...Read more

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Hello, I have been attacked bells palsy 6, 7 years ago. Can u tell me I can recover now?

Unlikely: Nerve healing and regeneration can start and continue for close to 18 months, but after 2 yrs very low recovery beyond that point. If you have suffered abnormal regeneration or just not return of function, see a neurosurgeon as procedures may help. ...Read more

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Can bells palsy cause lymphoma?

Can bells palsy cause lymphoma?

No, the opposite can: Bells palsy does not cause lymphoma. Infection/inflammation is the most common cause of bells's palsy.
However, other condition like certain brain tumor, stroke, certain lymphoproliferative disease- like waldenstrom's etc can be presented with cranial nerve vii paralysis. ...Read more

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What should I do if my baby has bells palsy?

What should I do if my baby has bells palsy?

See your doctor: Bells palsy is usually caused by a virus witch affects the nerve for facial muscles, but there can be other causes. Most bells palsy cases resolve on their own. It is very important to see your pediatircian to follow this and if necessary intervene. ...Read more

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How to know if partial stroke or bells palsy?

How to know if partial stroke or bells palsy?

Why r u asking?: Are you trying to figure this out yourself? I could explain it, but without background knowledge you probably still wouldn't understand it. If this is an academic question, some searching on the web should turn up an adequate explanation. If this is about you or someone you know, you really should let a neurologist diagnose and then explain how he could tell. Much more informative that way. ...Read more

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Is there any connection between bells palsy and tmj?

Is there any connection between bells palsy and tmj?

None: Bell's palsy is paralysis of the facial nerve. In no way related to TMJ. However, I have see patients with malignancy of the parotid gland who were misdiagnosed as "TMJ? " develop facial paralysis because the cancer invaded the facial nerve. Be careful if you have both symptoms. ...Read more

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Bells palsy differential diagnosis, what does this mean?

Bells palsy differential diagnosis, what does this mean?

Facial weakness: Your symptoms can be caused by problems with the facial nerve or the parts of the brain that control that side of the face. The differential diagnosis is the collection of conditions that can do this (nerve inflammation, tumor, stroke, infection etc). ...Read more

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Can there be a connection between gulf war syndrome and bells palsy?

Can there be a connection between gulf war syndrome and bells palsy?

Gulf War Syndrome: Although there are a series of neurological conditions and symptoms that have been found to occur at a higher rate in some individuals who served in Desert Storm/ Shield - I have not seen any correlation that is specifically with Bell's Palsy. REF: https://www. Bu.edu/sph/2016/01/25/toxic-exposures-caused-illness-in-gulf-war-veterans/ ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with bells palsy, singles, MS do they have any relation?

I've been diagnosed with bells palsy, singles, MS do they have any relation?

Yes, they can: BP can happen to anyone, but it is more often a result of a recent viral infection like shingles. Those facial nerves that are working badly can also be damaged by the ms process. Best wishes for getting through this - it must be a challenge. ...Read more

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Have you ever had a patient with bells palsy and what do you think about them?

Yes: Depending on what is causing the bells palsy, I would hope to help them recover. Most people who have bell's palsy recover completely, without treatment, in 1 to 2 months. Few have permanent muscle weakness. Bells palsy should not effect emergency dental work if you were wondering about that also. ...Read more

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Is working out restricted if I have bells palsy? Anyother do's/donts? How about accupuncture? Thanks in advance

Is working out restricted if I have bells palsy? Anyother do's/donts? How about accupuncture? Thanks in advance

Not a problem: Mr. Sallone has half of his face paralyzed from birth from an obstetrical mishap. Whatever you're having acupuncture for, I hope it helps. Glad you're doing fitness. Keep it up. ...Read more

Palsy (Definition)

...is a corruption of French "paralise" from Latinized Greek "paralysis." In the old days it meant any kind of persistent weakness. To this day Parkinson's disease is also called "paralysis agitans" which is a Latin translation of Dr. Parkinson's original name for it, the "shaking palsy." We've obviously reborrowed the full form "paralysis" into English as well; today ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
1,058 Doctors shared insights

Paralysis (Definition)

A paralyzed limb cannot be voluntarily moved, and the term reflects leg involvement, paraplegia, full body, quadriplegia, and less than full, tetraplegia. Causes can be many, including stroke, trauma, ...Read more