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Facial droop and difficulty making facial expressions
Pain behind or in front of your ear on the affected side
Changes in the amount of tears or saliva your body produces
Tingling around lips or eye
Signs and Symptoms
Loss of taste
Difficulty closing eye on affected side
How Long are You Affected?
Most people start to improve in a few weeks and completely recover in 3-6 months
Some people average of recovering is 6-8 weeks but continue to see symptoms and have reoccurrences throughout their life
Who Does it Affect?
About 40,000 people in US are affected per year
Affects approximately 1 in 65 persons in a life time
More common in people of Japanese decent and young adults.
Disfigurement from paralysis
Chronic Taste abnormalities
Spasm of eye and facial muscles
Damage to eye or infection
Corneal ulcers- erosion or open sore in the outer layer of the cornea
Synkinesis -Involuntary movement accompanying a voluntary one
Cause of the Bell’s palsy
Inflamation that causes pressure on the Facial Nerve, which effect the Facial Muscles.
Most common is HIV
Inner Ear Infection
Herpes Simple Virus (HSV-1)
Exposure to certain Bacteria
Herpes Simple Virus
Treatment for the Bell’s palsy
Three major ways of treating bell’s palsy
If it’s minor, it could be fixed by itself.
For virus, doctor subscribes antiviral drugs, such as acyclovir
For inflammation, subscribe corticosteroids, such as prednisone
Minor Bell’s palsy
If it’s minor Bell’s palsy it usually goes away within three weeks
First 2 weeks will be heal by itself, and than first the last week, it will heal to full recovery
Patients just need well rest and nutrients food
Cautious about minor Bell’s Palsy
Some patients will think that they have minor Bell’s palsy, but the problem is that, if it’s not, their face will paralyze and it won’t be heal, such as like twitching lips, tearing eyes, or spasms of the face or eyelids.
Doctor subscribes Antiviral drugs
Doctor use this so this drugs could destroy active virus that copy virus to other, and prevent much more danger to the facial nerve.
But there is no hundred percent result that antiviral drugs will be affective for the treatment.
Other than causing by virus, it could also be caused by inflammation
doctor will subscribe corticosteroids to reduce inflammation
Some patients can not close their eye, where they had been affected
Doctor will prescribe artificial tears and using eye patch during the day to keep their eye moist.
At night patients have to use other things
Doctor will recommend the use of eye lubricants or viscous ointments while taping the eye shut.
Other Treatment II
For some patients, it could develop permanent facial paralysis
Doctor may recommend surgery, if patients have bell’s palsy for 6 to 12 months with no improvement,
Surgery could potentially help their appearance and part of the muscles
Transferring normal tissues to the affected place, such as lip