Definition of Bell's Palsy

Symptoms of Bell's Palsy

The symptoms of Bell's Palsy tend to progress very quickly. The symptoms are often not recognizable at first but will develop over a period of a few days. The warning signs are usually neck pain, pain behind the ear or pain in the back of the head.

– Paralysis of the facial muscles
– Facial weakness
– Drooping or sagging mouth
– Drooling
– Facial pain or twitching
– Loss of taste
– Inability to close the eye, teething or dry eyes
– Dizziness
– Dry mouth
– Hypersensitivity to sound
– Impaired speaking

Help for Bell's Palsy

In mild cases of Bell's Palsy, treatment is not actually required, and the nerve will heal by itself in due course. However, more severe cases of this condition require treatment. Various types of treatments such as conventional medicine, complementary and natural therapy may be effective if incorporated into a broader treatment plan.

Using Conventional Medicines for Treatment

– Anti-viral drugs (such as acyclovir) may treat the herpes viruses if this is one of the suspected causes of Bell's Palsy and facial nerve damage Egypt

– Corticosteroids, such as prednisone, are used to reduce swelling and
inflammation of the facial nerve and prevent any possible or further facial
nerve damage.

– A Vitamin B12 injection can protect the nerves and reduce nerve
infection ensuring better nerve health.

– Botulinum toxin (Botox) can be injected into the upper eyelid to protect the eye and also to reduce facial spasm.

– If facial nerve damage occurs, surgical treatments such as facial nerve
repair, nerve substitution and muscle transposition may be needed if the
condition does not improve or remit, in order to reduce distortion of the
facial features and restore nerve health.

– A surgical procedure called tarsorrhaphy may improve eyelid closure.

– Plastic surgery may be performed to improve permanent facial drooping.

Tips for Managing Bell's Palsy

– Eating a healthy and balanced diet rich in leafy, green vegetables

– Exercising regularly

– Practice facial massage and facial exercises several times a day

– Increase intake of Vitamin B12, B6 and zinc supplements to promote nerve growth

– Manage stress levels by practicing relaxation exercises