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

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Amanda Xi
General Practice
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Amanda Xi
Amanda Xi
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Dr. Yo-El Ju
Neurology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Time and ?medication

Many cases of bell palsy resolve on their own.
Medications such as steroids (prednisone, methylprednisolone, and similar) and antiviral medications such as Acyclovir may be helpful. See the american academy of neurology's article on bell palsy here: http://patients.Aan.Com/disorders/index.Cfm?Event=view&disorder_id=864.

In brief: Time and ?medication

Many cases of bell palsy resolve on their own.
Medications such as steroids (prednisone, methylprednisolone, and similar) and antiviral medications such as Acyclovir may be helpful. See the american academy of neurology's article on bell palsy here: http://patients.Aan.Com/disorders/index.Cfm?Event=view&disorder_id=864.
Dr. Yo-El Ju
Dr. Yo-El Ju
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Dr. John Hoffmann
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Usually yes

Treatment for bells palsy depends on the severity.
Since this will make it hard to close the eye a top priority is protecting the eye. In some cases cortisone medication may be used and occasionally even surgery. Seek advice from a doctor experienced with bells palsy.

In brief: Usually yes

Treatment for bells palsy depends on the severity.
Since this will make it hard to close the eye a top priority is protecting the eye. In some cases cortisone medication may be used and occasionally even surgery. Seek advice from a doctor experienced with bells palsy.
Dr. John Hoffmann
Dr. John Hoffmann
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