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What are signs of stroke or bell's palsy? Can you get this when you're 15?

What are signs of stroke or bell's palsy? Can you get this when you're 15?

Stroke v Bells: Both of these conditions can cause facial weakness. Usually, but not always, a stroke causes weakness on one side of the face, of the lower face (mouth) only. This is apparent when someone tries to smile. Bell's palsy affects the upper and lower parts of the face, so it is hard to close the eye tightly shut and to smile, on one side of the face. There are always exceptions, but this is helpful. ...Read more

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 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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Does bells palsy ever get better?

Yes: Most people with bell's palsy will regain normal facial movement. This may take weeks or months however. Some people will only regain some movement and a few will remain completely paralyzed. ...Read more

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If you get a cold can you get Bell's palsy ?

Virus: Bell's Palsy is considered to be of viral origin. The common cold is of viral origin. Likely different virus. If you develop sudden facial paralysis, See ENT doc immediately. ...Read more

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What are the signs of recovery from bell's palsy?

What are the signs of recovery from bell's palsy?

Bells recovery: When a person is recovering from Bell's palsy, they may notice they can close their eye fully, or that there is twitching in the muscles by the eye or the mouth, or that the corner of the mouth moves more effectively. Recovery can require weeks to months.

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Are men or women more likely to get bell's palsy?

Are men or women more likely to get bell's palsy?

Equal Opportunity: Bell's palsy affects about 40, 000 americans every year. It is more common in diabetics and those with upper respiratory ailments. Some studies show pregnant women are three times more likely than non-pregnant women to be affected. It generally occurs between the ages of 15 and 60. There may also be a genetic predisposition. Men and women are equally affected. ...Read more

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

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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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Is it possible for bell's palsy to get better or does it stay like this forever?

Bells Palsy: Spontaneous bell's palsy will usually improve over 3-6 months. The nerve takes time to recover. If recovery does not improve enough for function of eye closure and facial movement, facial nerve reconstruction and rehabilitation is available. ...Read more

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I have bell's palsy . Still lingering after 2 months . What can I so to get to go away?

Suggestions: There may be just some slow healing, and your recovery may continue over a few more months. But, helpful to ascertain the full extent of the nerve function, and an EMG test can reveal what is occurring. After this is done, might get consult from neurological surgeon, just to get familiar with potential options. Would not hurt to supplement b and d vitamins. ...Read more

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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... ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Does half the face remain stiff after bell's palsy ? How long does it take to get cured fully ?

Does half  the face remain stiff after bell's palsy ? How long does it take to get cured fully ?

Bell's Palsy: It can take up to 6 months for your face to recover movement after Bell's Palsy. Sometimes the recovery is not complete. ...Read more

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What is the fastest way I can get rid of bell's palsy?

Bell's palsy: The course of Bell's palsy may be self-limiting with no residual damage, but because of the potential for irreversible injury to the facial nerve and related musculature, early treatment is recommended. Primary medications for management are prednisone and antivirals such as acyclovir and famciclovir. ...Read more

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Help can bell's palsy get better over time with treatment?

Absolutely: Bell's palsy affects each individual differently. Some cases are mild and do not require treatment as the symptoms usually subside on their own within 2 weeks. For others, treatment may include medications and other therapeutic options. ...Read more

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Can you get bell's palsy if your face is already paralyzed?

Not really: If the face is completely paralyzed on one side, there would be no way to tell if there was a new bell's palsty. ...Read more

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Please tell me the fastest way i can get rid of bell's palsy?

Bell's palsy: The course of Bell's palsy may be self-limiting with no residual damage, but because of the potential for irreversible injury to the facial nerve and related musculature, early treatment is recommended. Primary medications for management are prednisone and antivirals such as acyclovir and famciclovir. ...Read more

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Will I get Bell's palsy from lone star tick had 4 this month ?

Bell's palsy: Although it is certainly possible to get Bell's palsy from a Lone Star tick bite, it is still very unlikely. You're still better off trying to avoid the bites. If you have any symptoms, see your doctor immediately. good luck. ...Read more

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for bell's palsy?

Several options: Although there is no universal agreement some believe that cortisone medications or antiviral antibiotics may be helpful in some cases. You should see a specialist to see what is best for you. ...Read more

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Could someone possibly get 'bells palsy' by getting your tragus pierced?

No: The facial nerve runs underneath the ear but tragus is very far from it, anatomically speaking. So it would be impossible to damage it when the tragus is worked on. ...Read more

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I had bell's palsy nearly 10 years ago with approx. 85% strength regained... Is it still possible to work on the muscles to get a symmetrical smile?

Perhaps: There are a number of ways to balance the facial movements after a bell's palsy. The most common is to have some Botox injections to even out the facial movements. Eyelid and facial surgery sometimes is helpful as well. You should see a qualified facial plastic surgeon for advice. ...Read more

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Do u get Bell's palsy from having a cold or allergies?

Do u get Bell's palsy from having a cold or allergies?

Can - after a virus: Bells palsy can occur after a virus-the most common cause of "a cold".-not so much allergies ...Read more

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If I have a fever blister will I get Bell's palsy ?

If I have a fever blister will I get Bell's palsy ?

FEVER BELLS PALSY: IT IS UNLIKELY THAT YOUR FEVER BLISTER WILL TURN INTO BELL'S PALSY.
TO PLAY SAFE, SEE YOUR PCP OR A DERMATOLOGIST.
BEST LUCK . . . ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I still have headaches but my bell's palsy has gone away, my face is back to normal. I am sensitive to cold. I am taking tapomax but I am still gettin?

I still have headaches but my bell's palsy has gone away, my face is back to normal. I am sensitive to cold. I am taking tapomax but I am still gettin?

Topiramate: If you are taking topamax (topiramate) and still getting severe headaches you need to go back and see the doctor who prescribed this and be re-assessed. Good luck. ...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?

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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Is Bell's palsy caused by a common cold, I've either had allergies or cold still have a cold hubby got Bell's palsy? Worried I will get bp

Is Bell's palsy caused by a common cold, I've either had allergies or cold still have a cold hubby got Bell's palsy? Worried I will get bp

Not contagious: Bell's Palsy is not contagious. It can be caused by some viruses, but not the ones that cause the common cold. Stop worrying! ...Read more

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My husband found out yesterday he's got Bell's palsy he afraid to kiss me or our child thinking we will get it or the virus that causes it. Panic ?

My husband found out yesterday he's got Bell's palsy he afraid to kiss me  or our child thinking we will get it or the virus that causes it. Panic ?

Bell's palsy...: ...is often (not always) from herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1) afftecting the facial nerve. If he has recurrent oral herpes (cold sores, fever blisters), he could transmit HSV1 at those times. Otherwise litle or no risk of passing it on and he doesn't need to avoid kissing you or anyone else. You and your child could have blood tests to see if already have HSV1; if so, you can't get it again. ...Read more

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I've got a fever blister will it cause me to get Bell's palsy worried ?

I've got a fever blister will it cause me to get Bell's palsy worried 
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Unlikely : These things can be but are most often unrelated. Have you had fever blisters/cold sores before? It would be unusual for an adult in their late thirties to have one for the first time. Bell's Palsy is often a manifestation of Lyme disease and there are a few other associated causes. It's unlikely your current cold sore will result in Bell's Palsy. I hope you feel a bit more at ease. Best Wishes! ...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