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    Palsy Palsy Presentation Transcript

    • By Ji Yoon Kim, Mitchell Mountain, Lydia Heter, and Kaitlyn Patterson
      • Bell’s Palsy is a disease that causes the facial muscles to become weak or paralyzed
      • It is not permanent
      • It is caused by trauma to the 7 th cranial nerve
      • Temporarily weakened or paralysis of one side of the face.
      • Causes trouble smiling or closing the eye
      • Pain on the affected side of the face
      • Headaches and loss of taste also occur
      • Bell’s Palsy also affects the amount of tears and saliva that your body produces
      • The nerve that controls your facial muscles runs through a small bone. When this nerve becomes swollen due to a virus it gets pinched in this small bone and cannot connect correctly to the brain causing paralysis.
      • Bell’s Palsy affects about .02% of the world or 1 in every 5000 people
      • It effects 40,000 Americans every year
      • It effects ages 15 to 45 most commonly
      • It also tends to effect those with weakened immune systems
      • Affects one side of the face by paralyzing nerves
      • Affects the body very quickly
      • People generally wake up to the full extent of Bell’s palsy or have symptoms leading up to him
      • Full paralysis may occur anytime from the first day symptoms appear to two weeks after
      • Bell’s Palsy is a temporary paralysis of the facial muscles
      • It can last anywhere from a couple of weeks to up to 8 months
      • Most people who have it make a full recovery
      • Ramsey Hunt’s disease is similar to Bell’s Palsy
      • Except in Ramsey Hunt’s disease, the virus has been identified
      • The virus is called the Varicella Zoster Virus
      • Protection of the eye during bedtime
      • 75% of patients with Bell’s palsy improve without treatment.
      • Face massage can keep facial muscles from contracting.
      • In extremely rare cases of Bell’s palsy may recommended the surgery.
      • Steroid Medications – reduce inflammation
      • Antiviral Medications – acyclovir
      • Analgesics or moist heat – relieve pain
      • Physical therapy to stimulate facial nerve
      • Yes, there is a cure for Bell’s Palsy. It is most often a temporary condition where the 7 th facial nerves are put under pressure. Usually it will cure itself after a few weeks or a month at most. Facial massages help to keep the facial muscles in good tone. Acupuncture treatment will also help, but it depends on what has caused the paralysis.
      • http://www.med.nyu.edu/patientcare/library/article.html?ChunkIID=22491
      • http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/bells-palsy/DS00168/DSECTION=2
      • http://home.hccnet.nl/rde.bruin/Bell1.jpg
      • http://www.aafp.org/afp/20071001/afp20071001p997-f2.gif