How bell's palsy can affect your health?
Bell’s palsy is also known as “acute facial paralysis of unknown cause.” A condition in which the muscles on one side of the face are weakened or paralyzed. It affects only one side of the face at a time, causing it to sag or harden on that side. Some trauma causes this to the 7th cranial nerve. This is also called the “facial nerve.” Bell’s palsy can occur in anyone. However, it is more common in people who have diabetes or recovering from a viral infection.
The signs and symptoms of Bell’s palsy can come on suddenly, including:
- Mild weakness with rapid onset to complete paralysis on one side of the face – occurs within hours or days
- Difficulty with facial expressions such as pouting, closing eyes and laughing
- Pain around the jaw or in or behind the affected ear
- Increased sensitivity to the dramatic sound
- taste loss
- Changes in the number of tears and saliva you produce
In rare cases, Bell’s palsy can affect the nerves on both sides of the face.
Most people with this condition recover completely, regardless of whether they are being treated. However, several treatments can help you recover faster. Corticosteroids such as prednisone help relieve swelling and increase the likelihood that nerve function will return to normal. It works best when taken within 72 hours of the onset of symptoms. Taking antiviral drugs such as acyclovir and valacyclovir with steroids may help restore function, but there is no conclusive evidence for this. If the stroke affects the ability of the affected eye to blink or close, it should be protected. Moisten with eye drops or ointment. Wear an eyepatch to prevent dirt, dust, and moisture. Surgery is not recommended as a treatment option for Bell’s palsy.
NSW MP Victor Dominello has said he has Bell’s palsy, after appearing at a press conference this week with what he described as a “droopy eye”. Google searches for the term “Bell’s palsy” sky-rocketed overnight. Read more about it on The Conversion.
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