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Information on Bell's Palsy - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   My name is XXX
User :   I want to know about Bell's Palcy
Doctor :   Good evening XXX, proceed with your query
Doctor :   Ok, I shall explain you
Doctor :   It is palsy or the paralysis of the facial nerve
Doctor :   which supplies most of the facial muscles
Doctor :   It happens due to viral infection most of the times
User :   I was diagnised as having Bell's Palcy
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   When was that?
User :   on May 4th 2010
Doctor :   Ok
User :   But the cause was not explained by the Doctor
Doctor :   What were your symptoms at that time?
User :   I have less control on the left side of my face
Doctor :   Ok
User :   I can smile or close my eylids properly
Doctor :   Were you put on treatment after that?
User :   I am in XXX now
User :   so met a local doctor here
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Were you given any medications?
User :   he prescribed panafcort tab 25mg for 10 days
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   It is a steroid
User :   2 tablets per day
Doctor :   and is helpful
User :   now I gained my control up to 98%
Doctor :   Ok, thats great
User :   I want confirm is any future issues with this
Doctor :   Most of the cases, recover within 3 week
Doctor :   'weeks
Doctor :   some within 3-6 weeks
User :   but possibilities of further problem or..
Doctor :   It is fully recovered in most of the cases
Doctor :   hence you should not worry about the same
Doctor :   the main problem is if one is not able to close his eyes
Doctor :   as it can lead to eye infections
User :   now it is normal
User :   any food habits needs to be changed?
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Food has no relation
Doctor :   so, a normal diet is fine enough
User :   is there any chance of getting infection again?
Doctor :   Yes, that happens without one's awareness
Doctor :   and is more when one's immunity is lowered
Doctor :   it is an opportunistic infection like
Doctor :   cause for lowered immunity can be anything like stress, trauma, environmental factors, or any other infection or disease
Doctor :   when your immune system is compromised
Doctor :   the virus shall be present in everyone in a silent state
Doctor :   if the immune strength is lowered, then it shall cause such symptoms
User :   so what is your suggesstion for me?
User :   ok
Doctor :   Stay calm, rest well, follow your doctor's advice regarding further follow ups
User :   ok
User :   The steroids having any side effects?
Doctor :   It is essential, so you should not worry about side effects
Doctor :   Do you have any other questions?
User :   Thank you very much for your clarification
User :   not at this time
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting, bye for now
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