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Dr. John Hoffmann
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Bells Palsy (Overview)

Bell's palsy is 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

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Dr. John Hoffmann
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Bells Palsy (Overview)

Bell's palsy is 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 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?

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?

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

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
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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