Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Bell's Palsy Home Care

Home care for Bell's palsy includes:

  • Lubricate the eye to keep it moist:
    • Lubricating eye drops
    • Lubricating eye ointment
  • Apply an eye patch for Bell's palsy
    • The patch keeps the eye closed while you sleep.
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

Bell's Palsy Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have Bell's palsy and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Dec 7, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Bell's Palsy References
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