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Doctor insights on: How To Prevent Bell's Palsy

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Are there proven ways to help prevent bell's palsy?

Are there proven ways to help prevent bell's palsy?

No: There is no definite way to prevent bell's palsy as the exact cause is unknown. Although it may be caused by a virus, there is no vaccine or other known prevention. ...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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Would shingles vaccine help prevent recurrence of bell's palsy? I've had bell's twice already. I'm healthy 45 yr old male.

Would shingles vaccine help prevent recurrence of bell's palsy? I've had bell's twice already. I'm healthy 45 yr old male.

Not likely: While shingles virus can cause facial paralysis and serious problems in the face and eyes, most cases of bell's palsy are not due to the shingles virus. You should discuss the reasons for the shingles vaccine with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is bell s palsy symptoms from?

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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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

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Is bell's palsy a hereditary?

No: Bell's palsy is thought to be due to a viral infection of the facial nerve. Other causes include lyme's disease and sarcoidosis but its is not passed down from one generation to the next. That is not to say that you would not see bell's palsy in a parent and years latter in their child. Bell's palsy rarely is seen bilaterally, if so it is diagnostic of multiple scerosis. ...Read more

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How is bell's palsy diagnosed?

Exam and tests: Bell's palsy is facial weakness or paralysis that is thought to be caused by a viral infection. It is diagnosed by the medical history and on physical exam. Many times additional testing such as a cat or MRI scan will be used to rule out other causes such a a tumor growth. ...Read more

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I suffer bells palsy in winter?

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

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What are symptoms bell's palsy?

Facial weakness: Facial weakness of one side of the face with no other significant neurological deficits, with onset over hours to several days. ...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