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What is bell s palsy signs and symptoms?

What is bell s palsy signs and symptoms?

Facial paralysis: Sudden onset of one-sided paralysis or weakness of facial muscles (usually onset in minutes or hours) which may be associated with reduced blinking from one eye, excessive tear production, altered speech and swallowing, ringing in the ear, sensitivity to loud noise, altered taste, prickly numb facial sensations, ear pain. ...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 are signs of stroke or bell's palsy? Can you get this when you're 15?

What are signs of stroke or bell's palsy? Can you get this when you're 15?

Stroke v Bells: Both of these conditions can cause facial weakness. Usually, but not always, a stroke causes weakness on one side of the face, of the lower face (mouth) only. This is apparent when someone tries to smile. Bell's palsy affects the upper and lower parts of the face, so it is hard to close the eye tightly shut and to smile, on one side of the face. There are always exceptions, but this is helpful. ...Read more

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What are the signs of recovery from bell's palsy?

What are the signs of recovery from bell's palsy?

Bells recovery: When a person is recovering from Bell's palsy, they may notice they can close their eye fully, or that there is twitching in the muscles by the eye or the mouth, or that the corner of the mouth moves more effectively. Recovery can require weeks to months. Hope that helps ...Read more

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Is it a good or a bad sign if your lip and chin twitch during healing of Bell's palsy?

Is it a good or a bad sign if your lip and chin twitch during healing of Bell's palsy?

Bell's palsy: It depends on how complete the paralysis to begin with and how far into the healing process you are. Twitching indicates nerve regeneration in the paralyzed regions, but can be permanent in a minority of cases. Healing usually happens starting at 3 weeks and ending up to 6 months later. Most people heal completely. Make sure you protect your eye from drying with natural tears and lubricants. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with bells palsy 18 months ago. I am 80% improved. i still have flutters and slight ear pain is that a good sign?

I was diagnosed with bells palsy 18 months ago. I am 80% improved. i still have flutters and slight ear pain is that a good sign?

Overall good: The overall picture you're describing is one of progressive albeit slow improvement. The flutters and slight ear pain is not a good news or bad news; it is simply an expression that there is some slight residual symptomatology. The Important thing is that over time you are getting better and will most likely continue to improve until there is complete resolution of the Bell's ...Read more

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What are the early signs of cerebral palsy?

What are the early signs of cerebral palsy?

Early handedness: An early preferance for the use of one hand (handedness before 18 months of age), fisting of the hands and scissoring of the legs are often early subtle signs of cerebral palsy. ...Read more

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What is bell s palsy symptoms from?

Loss of nerve action: Bell's palsy is from dysfunction of the seventh cranial nerve which activates the muscles of the face. It usually occurs suddenly, rarely has pain, but causes the eyelids, facial side and mouth to droop. Most are self limited but can take up to 6 months to improve. A few last and need surgery to correct the changes in the eye and the eating problems from the droopy mouth. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bell s palsy like stallone has?

Facial weakness!: Bell's palsy (named after sir charles bell an english physician) is an idiopathic(unknown cause!) unilateral facial paralysis affecting the entire one side of the face viral (?Ebstein barr) , bacterial (hliobacter jejuni ) causes have been implicated as possible aetiologies. ...Read more

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Can bell's palsy reoccur?

Yes but rare: Bell's palsy can recur but this is rare. Recurrent facial paralysis or weakness may be more commonly related to a tumor growth, infection or a nerve disorder. This should be carefully evaluated by a neurologist of ENT specialist. ...Read more

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How common is bell's palsy?

Not very: Bells palsy is not as uncommon as is generally believed. Worldwide statistics set the frequency at just over .02% of the population (with geographical variations). In human terms this is 1 of every 5000 people over the course of a lifetime and 40, 000 americans every year. (courtesy of the bells palsy web site). ...Read more

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How can I treat bell's palsy?

How can I treat bell's palsy?

Couple of ways: Treatments for bell's palsy include ensuring protection for your eyes [make sure that they are kept moist and protected]. Sometimes physicians will prescribe steroids [to reduce possible swelling] or antivirals [if it is suspected that the bell's palsy was triggered by a virus]. If you suspect that you have bell's palsy, see your doctor to determine the right course of treatment. ...Read more

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How does bell's palsy progress?

Variable: The course of bell's palsy varies from person to person. It is thought to be due to a viral infection that causes swelling in the facial nerve and leads to weakness or paralysis of the facial muscles. This can occur over the course of hours or days. Fortunately, most people recover normal facial function but this can be permanent. ...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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How likely is bell's palsy to recur?

Depends: A recurrence is more likley if you become pregnant, develop diabetes, or are under significant emotional stress. Complete remission is likely if your symptoms resolved within 2 weeks of onset or if the episode occurred in children under 10 years old. ...Read more

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What happens to people with bell's palsy?

What happens to people with bell's palsy?

Several things: Other than the obvious facial weakness causing cosmetic problems there are other things: 1. Can't close eye - this will dry out the cornea, lead to abrasions and possibly blindness if not treated; 2. Speech difficulty as the lips will be paralyzed and unable to help form sounds; 3. Eating difficulties - along with #2, weak lips will cause food to drip out of the mouth. ...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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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more


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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