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Can Bell's Palsy come from trauma?

Violent dog attack to arm and leg. 2months later woke up with Bell's palsy. Have ptsd from dog attack. Have the bells palsy for 10 months now.
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Bell's Palsy can be caused by trauma and it can also have a delayed presentation after the trauma, although usually not after a 2 month time frame and IF you didn't additionally sustain head and or a facial injury during the dog attack, a condition like Bell's Palsy is very unlikely to have been caused by the type of trauma injury you are saying happened during the dog attack...

"What causes Bell's Palsy?
Bell's palsy occurs when the nerve that controls the facial muscles is swollen, inflamed, or compressed, resulting in facial weakness or paralysis. Exactly what causes this damage, however, is unknown.

Most scientists believe that a viral infection such as viral meningitis or the common cold sore virus—herpes simplex—causes the disorder. They believe that the facial nerve swells and becomes inflamed in reaction to the infection, causing pressure within the Fallopian canal and leading to ischemia (the restriction of blood and oxygen to the nerve cells).  In some mild cases (where recovery is rapid), there is damage only to the myelin sheath of the nerve.  The myelin sheath is the fatty covering-which acts as an insulator-on nerve fibers in the brain.

The disorder has also been associated with influenza or a flu-like illness, headaches, chronic middle ear infection, high blood pressure, diabetes, sarcoidosis, tumors, Lyme disease, and trauma such as skull fracture or facial injury."
https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Bells-Palsy-Fact-Sheet

Hope that helps......JJ
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I have had the palsy over 10 months and still dealing with PTSD about dog attack. Had shingles in 1987 after black mold issue.What activates the virus?
Which virus?

I'm sorry but i genuinely don't understand how you are connecting these different types of medical issues or conditions to each other.....Black mold can cause skin rash but it's not the same type of rash as Shingles, Shingles, also called herpes zoster is the skin rash caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is the same virus that causes chickenpox.

Anyone who recovers from chickenpox can later develop shingles, the varicella-zoster virus remains inactive in the body but it can re-emerge years later and cause shingles. If you're thinking of Ramsey Hunt syndrome caused Bells Palsy, which is associated with the varicella-zoster virus, and the second leading cause of hemifacial paralysis.....your talking about you having had Shingles 30+ years ago, so anything that happened that long ago is highly unlikely to have anything to do with you having Bells Palsy in 2018!

There are various types of medical conditions that can cause or mimic Bells Palsy, so it would be in your best interest since this has continued months past the usual time frame to revisit your treating dr, to see about getting any tests you haven't had yet to get those known conditions ruled in or out. [see information below]

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3907546/

Hope that helps.....JJ
You missed the point. I was not talking about black mold causing Bell's palsy. I had very high stress issue and illness and had to quit work plus additional trauma back in the 80. I have been to very good Drs. and the mayo hospital also gave me a hand out that bell's palsy is activated from trauma Stress and some surgery. I had extreme trauma from violet Dog attack and following nightmares that have sent me for help with PTSD.
Zoster is the virus that activates the Bell's palsy from the trauma I am dealing with still.
My Drs. agree.   I just wrote the question poorly.
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