Bell's Palsy Triggered by a Vaccine
What is Bell’s Palsy and How is it Related to Vaccines?
Bell’s Palsy is a condition that causes half of your facial muscles to suddenly become weak and droopy. Scientists believe inflamed nerves or viral infections may be the cause of Bell’s Palsy, but no one knows for sure. Some patients develop Bell’s Palsy after receiving certain vaccines and medical procedures.
The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) lists cases where patients develop Bell’s palsy after getting a vaccine. VAERS is a database that contains reports of all negative side effects following US-approved vaccines. The database is managed by the FDA and CDC and tracks vaccine reactions that were not caught during clinical trials.
What to do if you Develop Bell’s Palsy After Receiving a Vaccine:
First, you should see a doctor right away to make sure you’re not having a stroke. If you think a vaccine triggered the onset of Bell’s Palsy then contact a lawyer who is experienced in representing victims in the Federal Vaccine Court. You may be eligible for compensation.
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What are the Symptoms of Bell’s Palsy?The most pronounced characteristic of Bell’s palsy is a sudden weakness (or complete paralysis) on one side of the face. This weakness typically progresses quite rapidly, sometimes within days or even a few hours. Other symptoms associated with Bell’s palsy include:
- Difficulty making facial expressions
- Visible drooping of one side of the face
- Difficulty closing both eyes
- Difficulty producing a smile
- Loss of taste
- Changes in tear production
- High sensitivity to sound (particularly in the ear of the affected side)
What Vaccines are Linked to Bell’s Palsy
- H1N1 (Swine Flu) Vaccine
- Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine
- Hepatitis B Vaccine
- Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Vaccines and H1N1 vaccine
- Gardasil Vaccine
- Nasaflu® Vaccine
How is Bell’s Palsy Treated?Bell’s palsy does not always require treatment. However, different treatment options are available for patients suffering from Bell’s palsy. The most common medicines used to reduce inflammation of the facial nerve are corticosteroids. Patients suffering from more severe cases of Bell’s palsy may also need to undergo a decompression surgery to reduce the inflammation of the nerve, or even plastic surgery to undo any permanent facial nerve damage. Additionally, over-the-counter pain relief medications, eye drops, and eye patches can help control symptoms.
What is the Recovery Time for Bell’s Palsy?Most people can begin to recover from Bell’s palsy in just a few weeks, and the majority of patients make full recoveries within six months. However, a fraction of Bell’s palsy patients are left with symptoms for the rest of their life, and an even smaller group even experience relapses of Bell’s Palsy throughout their life.
What Complications are Caused by Bell’s Palsy?In addition to the usual symptoms of Bell’s palsy, which typically resolve within a few weeks. However, some patients experience more serious health complications. Though uncommon, more serious outcomes of Bell’s Palsy are:
- Partial or complete blindness in one eye
- Complete inability to close eye on affected side
- Scratching of the cornea
- Involuntary twitching during regular facial movements
- Permanent facial nerve damage
What Factors Increase the Risk of Developing Bell’s Palsy?
Bell’s palsy affects people of any age and gender. However, scientists also find that certain factors make someone more likely of developing Bell’s palsy. Factors which make you more likely to get Bell’s Palsy are:
- Pregnancy (especially in the third trimester)/li>
- Women who recently gave birth
- Family history of Bell’s palsy
- Cold, flu, or other upper respiratory infections