Bell’s Palsy Causes, Symptoms, And Treatment

It is important to know the Bell’s palsy causes, symptoms, and treatment. Bell's palsy or facial nerve disease is a neurological condition that causes paralysis or weakness on one side of the facial muscle that is temporary due to inflammation of the seventh cranial nerve. This condition cause one side of the face will look sag. This nerve is responsible for transmitting the signals between the brain and the muscles which allow performing face actions such as blinking, chewing and projecting emotional expressions. Bell's palsy comes suddenly and can be fully recovered in weeks with proper medical treatment.

Bell’s palsy Causes Symptoms and Treatment
Bell's palsy

Bell's palsy 
Causes and Diagnosis

The cause of this nerve irritation is still not known clearly, but some types of virus infections are suspected to be the cause of this condition such as herpes simplex (HSV), varicella-zoster virus, Epstein Barr virus, and cytomegalovirus. To diagnose the Bell's palsy, the doctor will evaluate your condition. Diagnosis of Bell’s palsy often involves a visual examination and movement tests. Other tests such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and CT scan can help determine the cause of the paralysis. Moreover, electromyography can help confirm the extent of the nerve damage. If the doctor does not find any other conditions, it can be concluded that the symptoms occur is due to Bell's palsy.

Bell's palsy Symptoms 

Bell's palsy has different symptoms in some people. The paralysis that occurs on one side or both side of the face can be explained as paralysis (mild muscle weakness) or as total paralysis (no movement at all) that depend on the damage sustained by the cranial nerve. Here the symptoms of Bell’s palsy.
  • Difficulty to open or close the eyes and mouth
  • Ear pain on the facial side of paralysis
  • Ear is more sensitive to the sound
  • Ringing in one ear or both
  • Decreasing the sense of taste
  • The affected mouth will be easy to drool and dry
  • Onset of pain around the jaw and headache
  • Difficulty in eating, drinking and talking

Bell’s palsy Treatment 

Actually, the symptoms are getting better in two or three weeks, but to be fully recovered will require about nine months. There are several options you can try to help the condition.
  • Physical Therapy. Physical therapy with various massages and exercises are crucial for facial paralysis to prevent muscles from weakening and shrinking.
  • Eye Protection. If your condition has affected your ability to close eyes, make sure your eye does not dry out.  Lubrication is important to maintain eye health and keep away from infections.
  • Mime Therapy. This therapy is practicing miming techniques or facial expression exercises to improve your recovery.
  • Acupuncture and Vitamin B Consumption. Acupuncture is an alternative to treat Bell’s palsy naturally. Consumption of foods rich in various vitamins B can maintain a healthy nervous system.

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