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Bell's palsy - can facial inflammation be reduced?

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i have bell's palsy and facial inflammation on my right side of face. Can facial inflammation can be reduced

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Category: Pediatric Neurologist
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Bell's palsy is usually caused by viral infection due to herpes virus infection. There is inflammation of the facial nerve, leading to weakness of one half of the face and pain.

The usual treatment consists of acyclovir (antiviral drug), prednisolone (a steroid to reduce the inflammation) and physiotherapy (including facial exercises and galvanic current stimulation) to improve the strength of facial muscles.

I hope it helps. Please get back if you have any more queries.

Best wishes,

Dr. Sudhir Kumar MD (Medicine), DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist, Institute of Neurosciences,
Apollo Hospitals, Jubilee Hills,

Patient replied :

how should i take these medicine(acyclovir , prednisolone)

Thank you for getting back.

Acyclovir is an antiviral drug, and the usual adult dose is 800 mg five times daily for five days.
Prednisolone is a steroid, and in Bell's palsy, I usually use Tab prednisolone 40 mg once daily for five days.

Best wishes,

Dr. Sudhir Kumar MD (Medicine), DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist

Dr. Sudhir Kumar
Category: Pediatric Neurologist
Senior Residency, Fellowship: DM, Neurology, CMC, Vellore, 2001
Junior Residency: MD, Internal Medicine, CMC, Vellore, 1998
Medical School: MBBS, Christian Medical College, Vellore, 1995
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