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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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What are the most common symptoms of bell's palsy?

1/2 face weak: Common symptoms of bell's palsy include: an eyebrow that sags on one side, drooping of an eye, drooping of a corner of the mouth, or an eye that will not close completely. It is caused by the nerve that controls the muscles of the face gets damaged or doesn't work properly, which may be because of inflammation or viral infection. See your physician if you suspect that you have bell's palsy. ...Read more

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Should get treated for bell's palsy? What options?

Should get treated for bell's palsy? What options?

Couple of ways: Treatments for bell's palsy include ensuring protection for your eyes [make sure that they are kept moist and protected]; sometimes physicians will prescribe steroids [to reduce possible swelling] or antivirals [if it is suspected that the bell's palsy was triggered by a virus]. If you suspect that you have bell's palsy, see your doctor to determine the right course of treatment. ...Read more

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How can I treat bell's palsy?

Couple of ways: Treatments for bell's palsy include ensuring protection for your eyes [make sure that they are kept moist and protected]. Sometimes physicians will prescribe steroids [to reduce possible swelling] or antivirals [if it is suspected that the bell's palsy was triggered by a virus]. If you suspect that you have bell's palsy, see your doctor to determine the right course of treatment. ...Read more

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What causes bell's palsy?

Viral infection: Bell's palsy is one reason people develop facial paralysis. True bell's palsy is felt to be caused by a viral infection of the facial nerve leading to swelling of the nerve and damage to it caused by decreased blood flow. Steroids are very helpful in treating this. Some people incorrectly term facial paralysis "bell's palsy." this is not correct, you must exclude other causes of facial paralysis. ...Read more

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What conditions increase the risk of having bell's palsy?

Several: People with diabetes have been shown to be at a significantly increased risk for developing bell's palsy - a dysfunction of the facial nerve causing paralysis in one half of the face. Other conditions associated with increased risk of this condition include pregnancy, especially when pre-ecclampsia is present, and possibly autoimmune diseases and infections, particularly viral. Thanks to d. Jones. ...Read more

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My sister has bell's palsy. What does this mean?

Facial paralysis: She has weakness or paralysis of the muscles of facial expression. This may be due to a viral infection in the nerve. Fortunately most people with bell's palsy will eventually regain normal facial movement. ...Read more

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Describe the features of bell's palsy.?

Bell's palsy: Bell's palsy is the term for a disturbance of the facial nerve to the muscles of one side of the face. Most are spontaneous and rapid in onset. The cause is presumed to be viral mostly. The nerve swells in its narrow bony outlet and loses function. That side of the face droops - eye lids and mouth with visual and eating disturbance.Have immediate evaluation by your doctor ...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