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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How can one cure a bells palsy headache affecting right side of head just above the neck on the affected side?

How can one cure a bells palsy headache affecting right side of head just above the neck on the affected side?

Anti-inflammatory: The headache and ear pain that come with bell's is caused by strain on the neck and head muscles that are not affected. Your body is trying to compensate for the weak faisal muscles by straining with the one that still work. I get good results by having patients apply heat, and i prescribe something for tension type headaches (like fiorecet) or an nsaid. ...Read more

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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 dont 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 dont 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. ...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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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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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. ...Read more

Dr. John Hoffmann
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Bells Palsy (Definition)

Bell's palsy is a disorder affecting the nerve that controls movement of muscles in the face. Symptoms usually occur on only one side of the face, and may include having difficulty closing an eye, difficulty keeping food and fluids in the mouth, and ...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