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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


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

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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What are some of the possible causes of bell's palsy?

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. ...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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Will stress cause bell's palsy?

Not typically: Bell's palsy is thought to be due to a viral infection of the facial nerve but the exact cause is often unknown. While stress can aggravate many neurological problems it is not thought to be a cause of bell's palsy. ...Read more

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Please tell me what causes bell's palsy for a teenager?

Viruses usually: The cause of bell's palsy is not clear. Most cases are thought to be caused by the herpes virus that causes cold sores.1 in most cases of bell's palsy, the nerve that controls muscles on one side of the face is damaged by inflammation. http://www.webmd.com/brain/tc/bells-palsy-topic-overview. ...Read more

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What causes bell's palsy? I know its caused by a pinched nerve, im asking what causes the nerve to become pinched?

What causes bell's palsy? I know its caused by a pinched nerve, im asking what causes the nerve to become pinched?

Bell's palsy...: ...usually is not due to a "pinched" nerve at all. The usual cause of Bell's palsy is a herpes infection (herpes simplex virus type 1, i.e. HSV1) involving the facial nerve. Presumably you are under a doctor's care for the problem? If not, see a doctor right away. If you are, keep in touch with that doctor's office. Good luck! ...Read more

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What causes bell's 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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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


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