Symptoms and Treatments of Bell’s Palsy

Bell’s palsy is a medical condition which causes the paralysis of facial nerves. When there is any constriction of nerves or damage done to the facial nerves, the resultant condition is Bell’s Palsy. Here in the condition, it is the 7th cranial nerve which is affected. Facial paralysis is on one side and may be on both sides but the latter case is very rare. It usually shows on one side of the face. If anyone suffers from this condition, there isn’t much to worry about it. An early and effective Bell’s palsy treatment can give relief from the symptoms. The person suffering from facial paralysis will have lop-sided facial appearance. On the affected side of the face, there will be difficulty in closing the eye and facial skin will lose wrinkling. Eye on the affected side may be watery or excessively dry.

Related symptoms of Bell’s Palsy

  • The phenomenon of ‘Bell’ is common among the ones having Bell’s palsy. The eyeball of the eye belonging to the affected side may be seen moving upwards or rather disappearing behind the eyelid affected.
  • The person experiences light sensitivity as he can’t close the eyes of the affected face
  • Crocodile Tears will show up when eating. This is the sign of recovery
  • On the affected side, teeth will be painful
  • runny nose
  • ear of the affected region stays blocked
  • the person fails to raise the eyebrows together
  • drooping of the bottom lid
  • loss of sensation in the affected region

It mainly takes 3-6 months recovery time to recover from this critical condition. Whether it is cerebral palsy treatment or Bell’s palsy, it should be effective.

The treatment options for Bell’s Palsy

In most of the cases, without any treatment, the symptoms of Bell’s Palsy improves. But, it still takes several months to improve the appearance of the face. It takes time for the facial muscles to restore strength. In broader terms, suitable treatments are regular facial massage in order to prevent muscle atrophy, yoga and medication to relieve associated pain and muscular tension or tautness, acupuncture to restore balance and energy and many others. Vitamin B Therapy can help to induce nervous growth. Biofeedback training may also help to exercise control over facial muscles. Which treatment option for Bell’s Palsy is suitable for you is dependent on the severity of the condition. It is important to find physical therapist for facial exercises. A combination of treatments can give fruitful results and speed up recovery process.

Is there any exact cause of Bell’s Palsy?

The exact cause of Bell’s Palsy or any specific cause of this condition is not known. It may result from the reaction from a virus. People who had viral fever or viral infection may show the symptoms of Bell’s Palsy. Some of the viruses that play role in Bell’s Palsy are Mumps, Rubella, Chickenpox, Epstein-Barr, Adenovirus. In some cases, people also experience recurring Bell’s Palsy attack.

How is the diagnosis done?

If the healthcare provider suspects Bell’s Palsy, he will prescribe certain tests. He administers the medical history of the person and then suggests physical examination. There may be a series of tests to be performed. In fact, there is no individual test for palsy.

Just like Cervical Rediculopathy, Bell’s Palsy is degenerative condition requiring quick treatment.

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