Facial Palsy Overview
Another name for Facial Palsy is Bell's Palsy.
What is Bell's palsy?
A person will Bell's palsy has weakness on one side of the face that causes it to droop. Bell's palsy is caused by inflammation and irritation of the facial nerve. Although the condition can develop suddenly, it is not a stroke, and usually resolves over several weeks.
What are the symptoms of Bell's palsy?
Common symptoms of Bell's palsy include one-sided facial drooping, inability to smile on one side, inability to close the eye on one side, and inability to raise the eyebrow on one side. Other symptoms may include eye pain, drooling, and increased sensitivity to loud noises.
How does the doctor treat Bell's palsy?
General care for Bell's palsy includes lubricating the eye to keep it moist, eyedrops or eye ointment, and oral corticosteroids. Some may benefit from the addition of antiviral medications, such as acyclovir.
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