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Facial Palsy

Facial palsy is a medical condition characterized by weakness or paralysis of facial muscles. It is mainly caused by temporary or permanent damage to the facial nerve. Facial weakness, loss of facial expressions, headache, and drooling are common symptoms of facial palsy. Corticosteroids help relieve symptoms of facial palsy.

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I have an issue with my smile. Is that a psychological problem or nerve issue?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 16 years old and not good. I have a smile issue. I think it started before 5 years if I am not wrong. I feel like I cannot put a smile for more than 3 to 4 seconds ,and sometimes I think it trembles. My smile is very uncomfortable and weird. This whole thing has caused me social anxi...  Read Full »


Dr. Awadhesh P. Singh Solanki

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Smile is a complex process executed by a group of muscles and nerves. If you are having difficulty while smiling, then it could be because of psychological or organic cause. Psychological cause includes anxiety disorders, and organic cause includes nerve damage. I would ...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for my facial palsy?

Query: Hello doctor,I had facial palsy and did an MRI to rule out the cause. The report says, "small focus of linear and patchy enhancement in the medial left basal ganglia." Is this a venous anomaly or capillary telangiectasia?Kindly give your opinion.  Read Full »


Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would like to know some details about your symptoms. So, kindly answer me the following; 1) When you had facial palsy? 2) Which side of the face was affected? 3) Do you have any associated limb weakness? 4) Have you any other associated medical illn...  Read Full »

My lips move only to one side while I talk and smile. How should I treat this?

Query: Hi doctor,My lips move only to one side while I talk and smile. It is like that since birth. Is there any treatment for this?  Read Full »


Dr. Hardik Nareshbhai Rajyaguru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. If you are completely sure that your problem is since birth, than it can be congenital defect or absence of the nerve which drives the facial muscles. Do you have difficulty closing one side eye? Do you have lack of furrwing on one side of fo...  Read Full »

Is it safe to undergo surgery for a benign lump in the jaw?

Query: Hello doctor, My father is 80-year-old and has had a lump on the left side of his jaw underneath the left ear for the last three years. Last year we did an ultrasound and an FNAC test of the same. The FNAC test showed that the lump was benign, and the doctor suggested surgery was the only way to tre...  Read Full »


Dr. Akshay. B. K.

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have reviewed the reports (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), and I suggest it be a benign cyst, mostly a branchial cyst. These cysts are formed due to remnants during the intraembryonic period, the branchial arches form various parts of the neck,...  Read Full »

I have not been able to move the left side of my face properly since yesterday. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have not been able to move the left side of my face properly since yesterday morning. I went to the doctor yesterday, and he said if it did not improve to come back, but I can not get back into the doctor. I have pain under my jaw and now feeling in my tongue on that side of my face ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ardit Tela

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your question carefully, and I understand your concern. 1. Do you have difficulties also in closing your left eye or raising your left eyebrow 2. Did your taste change? 3. Did your doctor prescribe any medication? 4. What was your doctor's opinion yesterda...  Read Full »

Post herpes attack, I am suffering from Bells's palsy. Please advise.

Query: Hello doctor, Post a severe attack of herpes on the left shoulder, left ear (in and out), chest, and back I am now suffering from Bell's palsy on the left side. Symptoms are as follows: Cannot raise left eyebrow. Cannot tighten left nostril. Cannot move lips (left side). Left eye constantly watery. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ambekar Sudheer

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I suggest we do not start on steroids now as there is an active herpes infection which can flare up with steroids. Once it is six to eight weeks of Acyclovir therapy, we can start Dexamethasone 4 mg eighth hourly. However, you will have to consult your physician, disc...  Read Full »

Can Bell's palsy be treated with nerve regeneration?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been diagnosed with Bell's palsy before 10 days. Half of my facial muscles are not working. I had swelling of the salivary gland near the ear before this issue. The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scan did not show stroke. Currently, I am on Prednisone and Valtrex. Is there ...  Read Full »


Dr. Hardik Nareshbhai Rajyaguru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your symptoms and your question. All your symptoms, including the weakness of the facial muscles and taste issues are because of facial nerve dysfunction. It is a good thing that your magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is normal. The treatment that you have be...  Read Full »

Kindly review my father's brain images and reports and help me know about his health condition.

Query: Hello doctor, My 72-year-old father had numbness in the left side of his body with palsy in the left corner of his mouth. We went to the emergency, and his BP was 130/78 mmHg. He was admitted for one week and was given antihypertensive and antidiabetic. When he was in the hospital, he developed r...  Read Full »


Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The attached images show hemorrhage in the right basal ganglia region (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). Hemorrhage in this area is commonly due to high BP (blood pressure). As per your description, he had a BP of 130/78 mmHg at the time of t...  Read Full »

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