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How To Prevent Bell's Palsy
...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
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
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
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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