What is Bell's Palsy? Bell's palsy is named for Sir Charles Bell, a 19th century Scottish surgeon who was the first to describe the condition. The disorder is the most common cause of facial paralysis.
Bell's palsy is a form of temporary facial paralysis resulting from damage or trauma to the facial nerves. The facial nerve-also called the 7th cranial nerve-travels through a narrow, bony canal (called the Fallopian canal) in the skull, beneath the ear, to the muscles on each side of the face.
Symptoms: May include twitching, weakness, or paralysis on one or rarely both sides of the face, drooping of the eyelid and corner of the mouth, drooling, dryness of the eye or mouth, impairment of taste, and excessive tearing in one eye.
Cause: Bell's palsy occurs when the nerve that controls the facial muscles is swollen, inflamed, or compressed, resulting in facial weakness or paralysis. Most scientists believe that a viral infection such as viral meningitis or the common cold sore virus—herpes simplex—causes the disorder. … Causing pressure within the Fallopian canal and leading to ischemia (the restriction of blood and oxygen to the nerve cells).
Bell’s Palsy Patients: Bell's palsy afflicts approximately 40,000 Americans each year. It affects men and women equally and can occur at any age, but it is less common before age 15 or after age 60. It disproportionately attacks people who have diabetes or upper respiratory ailments such as the flu or a cold.
Treatment: Some cases are mild and do not require treatment as the symptoms usually subside on their own within 2 weeks. If an obvious source is found to cause Bell's palsy (e.g., infection) directed treatment can be beneficial. Recent studies have shown that steroids such as the steroid prednisone - used to reduce inflammation and swelling are effective in treating Bell's palsy.
Prednisone: Is an anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive steroid drug which is an analogue of hormones that are produced by adrenal glands. Prednisone is a prodrug, because it is an inactive precursor of prednisolone. http://allsideeffects.net/prednisone-side-effects/
Immunosuppressive Steroids: for example prednisolone and methyl prednisolone, are useful and are the most commonly prescribed immunosuppressive drugs. Large doses over a long period of time can result in a long and well-known list of side-effects including: Weight gain and raised blood pressure; Diabetes; Osteoporosis; Thinning of skin and easy bruising; Risk of serious infections. http://www.edren.org/pages/edreninfo/immunosuppressive-drugs-for-renal-diseases.php
Prognosis The prognosis for individuals with Bell's palsy is generally very good. Improvement is gradual and recovery times vary. With or without treatment, most individuals begin to get better within 2 weeks after the initial onset of symptoms and most recover completely, returning to normal function within 3 to 6 months. In rare cases, the disorder may recur, either on the same or the opposite side of the face.
Current Research Within the Federal Government, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is responsible for supporting and conducting research on brain and nervous system disorders, including Bell's palsy.
Other NINDS-supported research is aimed at developing methods to repair damaged nerves and restore full use and strength to injured areas, and finding ways to prevent nerve damage and injuries from occurring.
Unless cited beneath text the information above is from: BRAIN;
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Herbs for Diabetes: See: http://thehealthalert.blogspot.com/2012/02/rx-metformin-vs-tonic-herbs-for.html
Upper Respiratory Ailments: See: http://thehealthalert.blogspot.com/2011/03/garlic-better-than-penicillin.html
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Inflammation is an immune response to injury or infection causes pain, redness, heat, and swelling in affected area (Latin, inflammare = to set on fire).
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This is not medicine or medical advice. Nutritional supplements may react adversely with over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Discuss this information with your health care professional for diagnoses and treatment of Bell’s palsy or any health concern.