How Can Lyme Disease Cause Facial Paralysis
There is a direct correlation between Lyme disease and facial paralysis, and people coping with Lyme disease can experience Bell’s palsy and other forms of facial paralysis. But, with proper diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease and facial paralysis, patients can safely and effectively address both conditions at the same time.
What Is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease is the leading vector-borne disease in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The disease is caused by bacteria transmitted via an infected blacklegged tick and can lead to fever, nausea, and other physical symptoms. In addition, research indicates that Lyme disease can result in facial paralysis.
If Lyme disease goes untreated, the side effects can be significant. The disease can impact the joints, heart, and nervous system, as well as cause extreme fatigue and eye and liver inflammation. Thus, people who experience symptoms of Lyme disease should seek immediate medical treatment.
How to Diagnose and Treat Lyme Disease and facial Paralysis
Facial paralysis caused by Lyme disease can occur within days to months after a bite from an infected tick, CDC notes. To determine if Lyme disease and facial paralysis are happening in combination with each other, a two-step blood test is used for proper diagnosis. First, a blood test is performed to determine if a patient is dealing with Lyme disease. If the test reveals negative results, additional testing is not usually required. On the other hand, if the test comes back positive or indeterminate, a second blood test is used to verify the initial test’s results.
For those who experience Lyme disease and facial paralysis, antibiotics like doxycycline, amoxicillin, or cefuroxime axetil are commonly used to treat these conditions, CDC states. However, if facial paralysis symptoms associated with Lyme disease persist for eight months or longer following treatment, a consultation with Dr. Babak Azizzadeh of The Facial Paralysis Institute can be beneficial.
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Dr. Azizzadeh is a globally recognized facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon who understands how to treat facial paralysis caused by Lyme disease. He meets with patients to evaluate the severity of their facial paralysis and determine appropriate treatment options. To learn more or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, please contact the CENTER online or call us today at (310) 657-2203.
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