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The Stigma of Facial Paralysis

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If you find that facial paralysis is a source of embarrassment, you are not alone. Conditions that result in a drooping smile or eyes are highly visible. You may feel isolated and anxious, which will have a significant impact on your day-to-day life. Losing the ability to create facial expressions is also devastating. Your once… Continue reading

Is Your Hearing Loss Related to Ramsay Hunt Syndrome?

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Ramsay Hunt syndrome may be present if you experience vertigo and hearing difficulties. NORD estimates that 5 of every 100,000 people in the United States develop Ramsay Hunt syndrome yearly. What is Ramsay Hunt Syndrome? Ramsay Hunt syndrome is distinguished by a severe rash on the mouth, throat, face or ears. This condition leads to… Continue reading

Recovering from Bell’s Palsy

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It is estimated that 40,000 people per year experience Bell’s Palsy, a temporary form of facial paralysis. This is the most common form of facial paralysis, yet so much about this illness is unknown. Bell’s Palsy is only diagnosed when all other possible causes of facial paralysis are eliminated. While this condition is temporary, it… Continue reading

About the Diagnostic Tests Required to Determine Paralysis Cause

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There are usually multiple potential causes for a given combination of symptoms. Therefore, diagnostic tests, in addition to a physical examination, routine laboratory tests and your medical history, are necessary. For example, your case of facial paralysis could present itself as facial tightness, drooping, twitching or asymmetry in facial characteristics, all of which are symptoms… Continue reading

Nobody is Immune to Suffering Facial Paralysis

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You may have heard recently heard news reports mentioning the condition Ramsay Hunt Syndrome. The Canadian singer, Justin Bieber, revealed on his Instagram account that the condition was responsible for his highly publicized facial paralysis. Ramsay Hunt Syndrome is linked to the Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV), which is also responsible for chickenpox and shingles. This… Continue reading

Three Common Causes of Facial Paralysis in Adults

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If you are suffering from any kind of facial paralysis, it is important to seek medical advice. While some health conditions that produce such symptoms are easily treatable, others may require a more complex medical intervention. Bell’s Palsy The most common cause of facial paralysis in the U.S. is known as Bell’s palsy. This condition… Continue reading

Mental Health Benefits of Facial Paralysis Treatment

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Science Daily reports that people with facial paralysis are more likely to experience anxiety and depression. A poor self-image, isolation from social interaction, a change in their romantic relationships and even teasing or bullying can all profoundly affect your life. Facial paralysis treatment can help to improve anxiety, depression, self-confidence and more. More Active Social… Continue reading

Essential Facts About Bulbar Palsy to Understand the Condition

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Bulbar palsy is characterized by conditions that arise from damage to the motor neurons of the lower cranial nerves (9 – 12). It is a motor neuron lesion that affects the nerves that control the movement of muscles responsible for swallowing, chewing (the articulation muscles) and head and neck movement, resulting in facial paralysis or… Continue reading

What Are Hemifacial Spasms (Eye Twitching) and What Are The Treatments?

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Eye twitching is a hemifacial spasm and is also known as tic convulsive. Symptoms of this condition tend to worsen and spread to other areas of the face over time. There’s no cure for hemifacial spasms; however, medication, injections and surgery can relieve symptoms. Symptoms of Hemifacial Spasms Initially, intermittent eye twitching is the first… Continue reading

What Is Synkinesis and How Is It Treated?

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Synkinesis means “simultaneous movement,” it is essentially a faulty re-wiring of the facial nerves that causes unwanted contractions of muscles in the face. This can present itself as a forceful eye closure when smiling or other facial and neck spasms during normal facial movements. It can significantly affect a person’s quality of life, and the… Continue reading



New York Facial Paralysis

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210 East 64th Street
New York, NY 10065
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