Steroid and antiviral treatment for bell palsy

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  • Citation tools Download this article to citation manager Quant Eudocia C , Jeste Shafali S , Muni Rajeev H , Cape Alison V , Bhussar Manveen K , Peleg Anton Y et al. The benefits of steroids versus steroids plus antivirals for treatment of Bell’s palsy: a meta-analysis BMJ 2009; 339 :b3354
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    Most cases of cytomegalovirus (CMV) colitis in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) occur in those treated with immunosuppressants and/or corticosteroids. We herein present the case of a 57-year-old man with toxic megacolon associated with CMV colitis in corticosteroid-naïve ulcerative colitis (UC). To date, there have been only eight previous case reports of CMV colitis in steroid-naïve UC. We discuss the need to consider CMV colitis when making a differential diagnosis of patients with refractory UC who are not receiving corticosteroid treatment.

    Bell's palsy is one type of facial nerve paralysis. The 7th cranial nerve controls the muscles of the face, and although scientists do not know the exact cause of Bell's palsy, they think it may be due to nerve damage from an infection, for example, the flu, common cold viruses, and more serious infections like meningitis. The symptoms of Bell's palsy vary from person to person, but can include:

    • Mild weakness to total paralysis
    • Dry eye
    • Dry mouth
    • Eyelid drooping
    • Drooling
    • Mouth drooping
    • Dry mouth
    • Changes in taste
    • Excessive tearing in one eye
    People with Bell's palsy usually don't need medical treatment, however, drugs like steroids, for example, prednisone seem to be effective in reducing swelling and inflammation are used when medical is necessary. Most people with Bell's palsy begin to recover within two weeks after the initial onset of symptoms. Full recovery may take three to six months.

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    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). "NINDS Bell's Palsy Information Page." Updated: Apr 16, 2015.

    PubMed Health. "Bell's Palsy."

    NIH. National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. "Bell's Palsy."

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