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What is the best treatment for bells palsy?

What is the best treatment for bells palsy?

Be patient: The prognosis for individuals with Bell's palsy is generally very good and spontaneous recovery is fairly common. Primary medications for management are prednisone and antivirals such as acyclovir and famciclovir.

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Could you tell me what is the treatment of bells palsy?

Could you tell me what is the treatment of bells palsy?

Steroids: When we diagnose bell's palsy within a week of the onset of the symptoms, we treat with Prednisone and an antiviral medication, either Acyclovir or famacycolvir. Studies show that symptoms seem to improve quicker or may be less severe after the treatment.

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How long does it take for treatment to cure bells palsy?

How long does it take for treatment to cure bells palsy?

Most cases resolve: Spontaneously, whether given meds or not. Some controversy regarding use of antivirals, but steroids do add some value. Most cases fully resolve within about 4 weeks, and the usual recovery figure is about 92%, so things usually work out very well.

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Was diagnosed w/ bells palsy after 7days got this excruciatingly painful headache & pain behind my ear & jaw. Is this normal? Is there any treatment?

Was diagnosed w/ bells palsy after 7days got this excruciatingly painful headache & pain behind my ear & jaw. Is this normal? Is there any treatment?

No: Pain is not typical of bell's palsy. However, if the eye does not close as a result if the bell's, then significant drying of the eye can occur. Pain from the eye is poorly localized, so your pain may be from this. You need to see an eye md to see if this is the case.

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What are treatments for bells palsy while pregnant?

Bells palsy: Supportive care, keep the eye on the affected side well lubricated with artificial tears during daytime and with eye ointment at night. Protect the eye at night with eye patch and gauze to prevent accidental cornea laceration and dryness. The use of Acyclovir is safe in 2nd and 3rd trimester. Prednisone is a category d in pregnancy, should discuss with physician before using this medication.

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I was diagnose with bells palsy 3 days ago my doctor told me it was a little bit t late to get treated but I don't understand mine medicine is only20mg?

I was diagnose with bells palsy 3 days ago my doctor told me it was a little bit t late to get treated but I don't understand mine medicine is only20mg?

Bells Palsy: Bells palsy is only a diagnosis of exclusion, not a primary diagnosis especially if its the first time happening. 3 days is still early enough to begin treatment if other pathologies are sufficiently excluded to make idiopathic facial Nerve inflammation and compression the likely diagnosis. The starting Prednisone dose should be at least 60 mg for 3 days followed by taper to be effective. See ENT.

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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.

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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.

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Please help! What is the difference betweeen bells palsy and ramseys hunt syndrome?

Herpes: Herpes oticus, also called ramsay hunt syndrome (an old term), is a infection of the facial nerve by the chicken pox virus, herpes zoster. It is painful. Bell's palsy is a dysfunction of the facial nerve of unknown cause. There is typically no pain with a bell's palsy.

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Can bells palsy cause lymphoma?

Can bells palsy cause lymphoma?

No, the opposite can: Bells palsy does not cause lymphoma. Infection/inflammation is the most common cause of bells's palsy. However, other condition like certain brain tumor, stroke, certain lymphoproliferative disease- like waldenstrom's etc can be presented with cranial nerve vii paralysis.

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How to know if partial stroke or bells palsy?

How to know if partial stroke or bells palsy?

Why r u asking?: Are you trying to figure this out yourself? I could explain it, but without background knowledge you probably still wouldn't understand it. If this is an academic question, some searching on the web should turn up an adequate explanation. If this is about you or someone you know, you really should let a neurologist diagnose and then explain how he could tell. Much more informative that way.

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Is there any connection between bells palsy and tmj?

Is there any connection between bells palsy and tmj?

None: Bell's palsy is paralysis of the facial nerve. In no way related to TMJ. However, I have see patients with malignancy of the parotid gland who were misdiagnosed as "TMJ? " develop facial paralysis because the cancer invaded the facial nerve. Be careful if you have both symptoms.

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Bells palsy resolving, should I still get mri?

Bells palsy resolving, should I still get mri?

Might not need it: Followup on bell's palsy is usually clinical, unless your first MRI demonstrated some type of abnormal lesion that your doctor wishes to follow up on...

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How would you suggest that I get rid of bells palsy?

Paliatively: Most people recover completely, without treatment in 1 to 2 months. Especially true if you can still partly move your facial muscles. Some people may have permanent muscle weakness or other problems on the affected side of the face but it is rare. Treatment with corticosteroids is common which helps lower long term side effects. Also if it is caused by a virus, Acyclovir is helpful.

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Is it true that bells palsy is genetic / hereditary?

Is it true that bells palsy is genetic / hereditary?

Not likely: It is not likely that bell's palsy is genetic or inherited.

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Is there a connection between guillain barre syndrome and bells palsy?

Is there a connection between guillain barre syndrome and bells palsy?

Yes: The famous c miller fisher described facial paresis with ataxia and areflexia as a variant of guillain barre. This fisher variant is rare but well known.

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I have bells palsy. Do I need to keep taking steroids and viruses medication past ten days?

I have bells palsy. Do I need to keep taking steroids and viruses medication past ten days?

NO: Based on recently published guidelines, treatment with steroids or antiviral agents more than 7 to 10days has no additional benefits and is not recommended.

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It's ok for me to get hair extensions wail I still have bells palsy? I still have headaches... It's been 2 weeks sense I have been diagnosed.

It's ok for me to get hair extensions wail I still have bells palsy? I still have headaches... It's been 2 weeks sense I have been diagnosed.

Should be ok..: Sorry to hear of your trouble with bells' palsy. Fortunately, most cases of this illness resolves completely in 2-3 months. It should be ok for you to get hair extension as this should not influence the healing status of you bells' palsy. Motrin/tylenol/excedrine may help with your headache. Follow-up with your doc. Good luck.

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Bells palsy since february 24. It has got somewhat better but have been getting tinnitus on on occasions lasting for a few days. Reason please?

Need an exam: Bell's palsy is a viral infection involving the facial nerve. If one examines the surrounding nerves closely the infection will also have subtle effects on these nerves as well. Tinnitus can be caused by injury to the nerve to the ear which is beside the facial nerve. If you have not had an evaluation you should have an MRI scan of the area as well as an audiogram and see an ent.

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