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What the best home therapy for my son had bell's palsy?

What the best home therapy for my son had bell's palsy?

A few directions: Biggest issue is potential of corneal abrasion, so patch the ipsilateral eye until the blink reflex has returned to normal. Liquid tears will help ease any discomfort. Although some docs use steroids and antivirals, might add some thiamine 100 mg daily. Should fully resolve in a few weeks. Prognosis for normal outcome about 92%. ...Read more

Palsy (Definition)

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What are the treatment options for bell's palsy?

What are the treatment options for bell's palsy?

Steroids first: If pain is present, steroids should be given promptly. Since many cases are thought due to herpesvirus, the combination of steroids and an antiviral, such as zovirax, (acyclovir) is often used. Of course that doesn't always work. Corneal protection (eye patches & drops) should be used if eye closure is incomplete. Facial massage to affected areas preserves muscle flexibility until nerve healing occurs. ...Read more

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What are the best treatment and cure for bell's palsy?

What are the best treatment and cure for bell's palsy?

Acute Bell's palsy: May be due to lyme disease. This is a frequent cause. Get tested, potentially treated. ...Read more

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What's the treatment for bell's palsy?

What's the treatment for bell's palsy?

Antivirals: At the first signs: lid droop, mouth droop, inability to smile, sometimes pain infront of ear, start an antiviral. Use of steroids is controversial but most studies show no effect. Most bell's gets better in 2-6 months but some leave a residual droop which can be surgically addressed at that time. ...Read more

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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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What's the best treatment for bell's palsy?

What's the best treatment for bell's palsy?

Early steroid Rx: The treatment of idiopathic facial palsy is early treatment with steroids. ...Read more

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Are there treatment guidelines for bell's palsy?

Yes: Bell's palsy is an exclusionary diagnosis that first needs to be verified. Treatment is geared to maintain moisture of the cornea. Treatments range according to severity of disease. Possibilities include lubrication with drops or ointment, taping the eye shut while sleeping, temporarily sewing the eye closed, placing a weight in the upper lid to aid in closure. These are just to name a few.... ...Read more

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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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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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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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Can medication called metanx be used for the treatment of bell's palsy?

Not beneficial: Metanx is a medical food approved for diabetic neuropathy, especially small fibre variant. Beneficial outcomes may take well over 6-9 months. Bell's is an acute event and in most cases, >90%, will recover in a few weeks. It is unknown if those who fail to recover rapidly would benefit. ...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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How will bell's palsy affect my speech?

Depends: Bell's palsy is a peripheral nerve disorder involving the facial nerve usually on one side of the face. The hallmarks are inability to close the eye and droopy upper and lower facial muscles. The speech impairment is dependent on the severity of muscle weakness. The ability to understand speech, follow commands, and write, should be unaffected. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for bell's palsy?

Several: The original kaiser studies suggested that steroid therapies might work well, and later studies suggested some benefit with thiamine. Since there is evidence that both herpes simplex and zoster may cause variations of bell's palsy, anti-virals may be used. However, even if not treated 92.5% of cases fully recover on their own after several weeks. ...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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At times I feel I have trouble speaking clearly & many times people can't understand me but I can't tell. Could speech therapy help?

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At times I feel I have trouble speaking clearly & many times people can't understand me but I can't tell. Could speech therapy help?

Can't hurt: How do you know that many times people can't understand you if you can't tell? If you have any questions about your ability to speak clearly & enunciate, I think it's perfectly reasonable to get a professional evaluation by someone trained to assess speech & communication. Just be prepared to pay out of pocket in case your insurance won't. ...Read more

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After having Bell's palsy for a few months, my face has regained most movement but now have face tightening that hasn't gone away. Permanent?

After having Bell's palsy for a few months, my face has regained most movement but now have face tightening that hasn't gone away. Permanent?

Bell's palsy: No. Function will continue to improve for several more months. Corticosteroids and anti-viral medication are often prescribed at initial signs of weakness. 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 wear a patch at night to protect it. ...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 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. ...Read more

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Speech Therapy (Definition)

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