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Infranuclear Facial Palsy
Depends on cause: You should see a Facial Plastic Surgeon (ENT) or Plastic Surgeon who specializes in facial paralysis. The treatment depends on the cause of the paralysis, the severity, and the length of time it has been present. This problem can always be improved! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
...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
Eye care: One of the issues with a facial palsy is incomplete eye closing and lack of good lubrication of the eye and cornea from the lacrimal gland (also supplied by the facial nerve). Most facial palsy 's will improve. Care of the eye during the weakness with eye drops and eye lubricants at night helps protect the cornea of the eye from exposure and drying. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Facial exercises..: Facial or bell's palsy is unfortunately quite common. Though most reverse entirely in several weeks, a significant number of cases leave some residual weakness (droopy eyelid, side of mouth, drool). I believe facial exercises, physical therapy may help. Cause probably viral inflamation (possibly herpes simplex). Must differentiate from stroke. Don't presume, see doc. ...Read more
34 yr female suffering from facial palsy as a result of an accident. After 6yrs, now can that be corrected? Dr pl advise. Thank you
Bell's /facial palsy: Bell's palsy refers to a weakness of the facial nerve (nerve that controls the movement of the facial muscles) from an unknown cause. Facial palsy refers to a weakness in the facial nerve. Bell's palsy is a type of facial palsy but other types include stroke, chicken pox virus (ramsey-hunt syndrome), tumors on the facial nerve, tumors that compress the facial nerve, and trauma of the facial nerve. ...Read more
While both present with inability to move one side of the face, bell's palsy is a diagnosis of exclusion. Other causes of unilateral facial paralysis (lyme disease, stroke, ear infection, ear or brain tumor, etc) need to be ruled out during the evaluation.
In short, all bell's is facial palsy but not all facial palsy is bell's. ...Read more
Smiling: The most common cause of facial palsy is bell's palsy. This involves the facial nerve. Recovery takes time as the nerve regrows. Use of the facial muscle should be normal and natural. Smiling and laughing use many facial muscles and are very good physiotherapy. Also try singing! ...Read more
Depends on timing: First your doctor needs to determine the cause of the paralysis. If it is from a virus, then just wait. Almost all of these will go away on their own. If there is some other problem such as a tumor, it needs to be taken care of first. If the palsy lasts more than 1 year, see a facial plastic surgeon to discuss options for making the face work properly. There are some very good options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on cause: Many things can cause facial palsy- viral infection, tumors, strokes to name a few. Recovery will be different depending on the cause and the severity. If not already done, you should be evaluated by a facial/ent specialist or a neurologist and they can advise you on your possible recovery. ...Read more
Yes, or...: An otolaryngologist/ ent. Immediately.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can palsy (like facial palsy which can cause the muscles on one side of the face to go limp) be inherited?
Hi, Doctors my wife gets facial palsy before week & we started treatment since 5 days I want to ask you can we do something to recovery fast thanks?
Bell's palsy: Presumably your wife is suffering from Bell's palsy. The facial weakness resolves in 1-2 months. Corticosteroids and anti-viral medication are often prescribed. Facial exercises, massaging the facial muscles and opening and closing the eye lid are helpful. Take extra care with oral hygiene as food can pool on the affected side. Eye drops to lubricate the eye and a patch at night to protect it. ...Read more