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Went to ER 12/25 w/ left ear/jaw pain & left side facial paralysis. Dx Bell's Palsy. Rx prednisone, acyclovir. Tips for recovery? Anything to avoid?

Went to ER 12/25 w/ left ear/jaw pain & left side facial paralysis. Dx Bell's Palsy. Rx prednisone, acyclovir. Tips for recovery? Anything to avoid?

ForWhomTheBellTolls: First, remember,most people get better,usually within a few weeks.Only a small number may have residual problems (weakness or twitches,etc).The milder the initial symptoms,the better the outcome.Tell your doctor if you've been bitten by a tick last summer. Make sure your eye is protected from irritation(wind, sun, while sleeping);use an eye patch if necessary. There's lots more, check the internet ...Read more

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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


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How long does it take for prednisone 5mg totake effect ( i've been diagnosed with bell's palsy) ?

How long does it take for prednisone 5mg totake effect ( i've been diagnosed with bell's palsy) ?

Variable: Bells palsy is due to compression of the facial nerve in its narrow canal leaving the inside of the skull to the face. Depending upon the degree of swelling felt due to viral infection of the nerve, the recovery is variable. Prednisone can cut down the swelling and limit the damage, but Prednisone cannot get to a compressed nerve. We usually give six months for best recovery. ...Read more

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I currently have bell's palsy. I'm being treated with prednisone. Is there anything else can I do to speed up the healing?

I currently have bell's palsy. I'm being treated with prednisone. Is there anything else can I do to speed up the healing?

Bell's palsy: The facial weakness resolves in 1-2 months. Prednisone and anti-viral medication are often prescribed. Facial exercises, massaging the facial muscles and opening and closing the eye lid are helpful. Take extra care with oral hygiene as food can pool on the affected side. Eye drops to lubricate the eye and a patch at night to protect it. ...Read more

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What to do if I currently have bell's palsy. I'm being treated with prednisone, what else can I do to speed up the healing p?

What to do if I currently have bell's palsy. I'm being treated with prednisone, what else can I do to speed up the healing p?

Time: Bell's palsy can be a frustrating problem to have. The facial nerve (cranial nerve #7) is very sensitive and can be injured easily. Anti-inflammatory medication and time is the usual treatment. If it does not improve , then an MRI of the brain should be obtained to rule out any structural cause for the facial nerve dysfunction. ...Read more

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The combination of prednisone and acyclovir for my bell's palsy makes me extremely drowsy is this normal? The pa that prescribed the meds said its nt

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The combination of prednisone and acyclovir for my bell's palsy makes me extremely drowsy is this normal?  The pa that prescribed the meds said its nt

Bell's palsy: Prednisone is more likely to give you insomnia than make you drowsy (http://www.Drugs.Com/prednisone.Html). Acyclovir may be associated w/unusual tiredness or weakness (http://www.Drugs.Com/sfx/acyclovir-side-effects.Html). It's up to you to decide whether medications' side effects are worth benefit. ...Read more

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On prednisone for two weeks. Can I do a hiv viral load test and antibody test to rule out hiv for exposure 1 year back? Diagnosed with Bell's palsy.

On prednisone for two weeks. Can I do a hiv viral load test and antibody test to rule out hiv for exposure 1 year back? Diagnosed  with Bell's palsy.

Antibody test only: For an HIV exposure that long ago, an antibody test alone is sufficient; an RNA ("viral load") test will be much more expensive and wasted money. Taking prednisone will not have any effect on test reliability. ...Read more

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Prednisone for 2 weeks can affect hiv rna pcr test and antibody test? So please tell which test to do for accuracy? Recently diagnosed with Bell's palsy

No: Prednisone is the average dose will not affect any of the tests. Potentially massive doses (over 60 mg) taken for many months may marginally affect the tests but the difference will likely be unimportant. ...Read more

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Prednisone (Definition)

Prednisone is a synthetic cortisone. The body makes cortisone, a natural hormone made in adrenal glands. The body converts it to Hydrocortisone to become active. 25 mg of cortisone has about same effect as 5 mgm prednisone. The average person would produce 3-6 mg of pred daily. So why use a substitute? The synthetic has more anti-inflammatory effect; but has less effect ...Read more


Dr. John Hoffmann
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Bells Palsy (Definition)

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 ...Read more