Bell's Palsy

Overview

This condition affects the facial muscles to either become weakened or paralyzed. One side of the face is affected at a time with no side being more common than the other. 85% of patients will recover in six months and 5% will have residual deformity.

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Symptoms

Bell's Palsy is an extremely fast-working condition in which many people wake up and discover they have it even though they felt normal the night before. However, others may feel tingling around the lips, a dry eye, and pain behind the ear. The paralysis would then continue for no longer than two weeks before reaching full paralysis. Furthermore, it's extremely hard to recognize these symptoms before paralysis occurs.

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Management

The doctor will first work with the patient to get an accurate and detailed medical and lifestyle background. Then a management plan will be formulated to significantly lessen the chances of permanent deformity.

Since about 80% of cases are due to Herpes Simplex (HSV 1, in the majority of cases, is one that causes cold sores), an aggressive anti-viral management is undertaken that consists of a mixture of the following:

  • Hydrogen peroxide therapy with Vitamin B 12 (very important to zap the virus)
  • Sublingual B 12 on non-IV days (heals the nerves)
  • Silver colloid oral liquids
  • General supportive therapy
  • Non-hydrogen peroxide days with Vitamin K 3
  • Good multi-mineral/multi-vitamin with certain additional supplements including a good antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-virals
  • Herbals
  • Juice therapy
  • Fish oils

The patient will also be advised on how to optimize their diet for the best recovery including the avoidance of carbohydrates and sugar which cause oxidative stress.

The necessity to start earlier rather than later to avoid residual deformity cannot be stressed enough.

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Learn more about how the Houston Wellness Clinic manages Bell's Palsy.

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