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Bell's Palsy

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A friend of mine has just been told he has Bell's Palsy. I am wondering if any one knows if I should be in contact with him as I am on steroids and I believe Bell's Palsy can be caused by shingles.


Any advice needed,


Thanks, Lynn.

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Hi Lynn,


Being on steroids shouldn't make you any more susceptible to catching a viral infection - steroids are anti-inflammatory medications, not immuno-suppressants. When I had shingles I was put on prednisone and an anti-viral, so I wouldn't worry on that score. As for your friend with Bell's Palsy, whatever the virus was that triggered the palsy (and it wasn't necessarily the one that causes shingles), it might not still be active and he wouldn't therefor be able to infect you. Here's a good link about Bell's Palsy though, including risk factors.


I hope your friend's palsy resolves quickly and completely.

Jeannie McClelland

(Retired) ISN Director of Support Services

(Retired) ISN Sclero Forums Manager

(Retired) ISN Blog Manager

(Retired) ISN Assistant News Guide

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International Scleroderma Network

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Lynn, my brother in law has had Bell's Palsy almost a year. He is much better than when first diagnose. He just happen to be in great contact with his mother in law and she was in the hospital with a severe case of Shingles. He was helping her up and down out of bed and gave her hugs at night. He had no idea he could contact this disease. I guess when there are chances of contacting anything like that we should try to guard ourselves however we can. The shingles shot is available to many as of 2011 with many insurances. It use to be by age for us to be covered now that isn't true.

Strength and Warmth,



Sheryl Doom

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