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

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Dr. John Hoffmann
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. John Hoffmann
Dr. John Hoffmann
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Help quickly

Bell's palsy, a sudden loss of function of the facial nerve, causes droop of one side of the face and eyelids.
Treatment is usually rapid use of high dose steroids briefly. The cause is usually felt to be swelling of the nerve in its narrow bony canal through the skull. Most resolve over a six month period but some are left with long term facial weakness on the involved side.

In brief: Help quickly

Bell's palsy, a sudden loss of function of the facial nerve, causes droop of one side of the face and eyelids.
Treatment is usually rapid use of high dose steroids briefly. The cause is usually felt to be swelling of the nerve in its narrow bony canal through the skull. Most resolve over a six month period but some are left with long term facial weakness on the involved side.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Time, surgery

Bell's palsy is thought to be caused in many cases by one of the virus in the herpes family (simplex, zoster [chicken pox], epstein-barr [mono], and cytomegalovirus).
Early treatment with steroids can lessen the symptoms and possibly speed recovery. Bell's tends to recover eventually, but if paralysis continues, surgery can treat lids that do not close, especially if dry eyes are an issue.

In brief: Time, surgery

Bell's palsy is thought to be caused in many cases by one of the virus in the herpes family (simplex, zoster [chicken pox], epstein-barr [mono], and cytomegalovirus).
Early treatment with steroids can lessen the symptoms and possibly speed recovery. Bell's tends to recover eventually, but if paralysis continues, surgery can treat lids that do not close, especially if dry eyes are an issue.
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Dr. Andrew Shatz
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Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology

In brief: Depends on cause

Bell's palsy is a facial droop, and difficulty closing the eyelid on the same side.
If it is caused by a herpetic viral infection, sometimes acyclovir, famvir, or valtrex, (valacyclovir) is prescribed. Usually the cause is unknown, and supportive care to keep the eye from drying, with taping the lid shut, lubricant drops, gels, and ointments.

In brief: Depends on cause

Bell's palsy is a facial droop, and difficulty closing the eyelid on the same side.
If it is caused by a herpetic viral infection, sometimes acyclovir, famvir, or valtrex, (valacyclovir) is prescribed. Usually the cause is unknown, and supportive care to keep the eye from drying, with taping the lid shut, lubricant drops, gels, and ointments.
Dr. Beth Friedland
Dr. Beth Friedland
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