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Bells Palsy Permanent
I suffered bells palsy 3yrs ago on left face.Now its on my right.Does this have to do with my recent right wisdom tooth surgery?wil ds get permanent?
...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
Got Bells palsy a few months ago. My smile is back and able to close eye but I can't produce tears in eye and lack of saliva in mouth. Is it permanent?
Only time will tell: Pretty unsatisfactory answer I know but it's the truth. Some people say after a 2-3 mths, WYSIWYG...(you're young; you know what that means don't you?). I have seen people improve after Bell's over the course of 1-2 years or longer. So, I stopped predicting these things a while back. The young whipper snapper docs think they know but you may prove them wrong. Hang in there & be patient! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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