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What is the difference between bell's palsy and ms?

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Dr. John Hoffmann
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: Completely different

Bell's palsy is facial weakness or paralysis of uncertain cause that may be related to a viral infection.
This usually gets better on its own in most people. Ms is a progressive degenerative neurological disease with numerous symptoms and patterns.

In brief: Completely different

Bell's palsy is facial weakness or paralysis of uncertain cause that may be related to a viral infection.
This usually gets better on its own in most people. Ms is a progressive degenerative neurological disease with numerous symptoms and patterns.
Dr. John Hoffmann
Dr. John Hoffmann
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Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology
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In brief: Bells vs MS

Bell's palsy is a condition of facial weakness on one side caused by an irritated facial nerve (cranial nerve 7).
It is believed to be related to a virus. MS is a condition of numbness, weakness, visual loss of other symptoms caused by inflammatory lesions in the brain, spinal cord, or optic nerves. It is not clear what it is caused by. It is often more serious than Bells palsy.

In brief: Bells vs MS

Bell's palsy is a condition of facial weakness on one side caused by an irritated facial nerve (cranial nerve 7).
It is believed to be related to a virus. MS is a condition of numbness, weakness, visual loss of other symptoms caused by inflammatory lesions in the brain, spinal cord, or optic nerves. It is not clear what it is caused by. It is often more serious than Bells palsy.
Dr. Olav Jaren
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Dr. Jay Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
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In brief: Difference

Bell's palsy is an idiopathic weakness of the facial nerve.
Ms us a neurologic disease affecting multiple areas of the body.

In brief: Difference

Bell's palsy is an idiopathic weakness of the facial nerve.
Ms us a neurologic disease affecting multiple areas of the body.
Dr. Jay Bradley
Dr. Jay Bradley
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In brief: See comments

Bell's palsy is a viral induced paralysis of the facial nerve on one side of the face, but could be due to other problems.
However, MS is an autoimmune disorder secondary to inflammatory attack on brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves, and affects multiple areas of motor, sensory, balance and coordination functions, and may be associated with fatigue, cognitive loss, and loss of urinary control.

In brief: See comments

Bell's palsy is a viral induced paralysis of the facial nerve on one side of the face, but could be due to other problems.
However, MS is an autoimmune disorder secondary to inflammatory attack on brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves, and affects multiple areas of motor, sensory, balance and coordination functions, and may be associated with fatigue, cognitive loss, and loss of urinary control.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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