Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Incidence Symptoms Evaluation Treatment questions for doctor specialist Home Care warning signs Outlook Complications Underlying Cause

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.

Continue to Facial Palsy Incidence

Last Updated: Jun 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
Copyright DSHI Systems, Inc. Powered by: FreeMD - Your Virtual Doctor

PubMed Facial Palsy References
  1. Adour KK, Ruboyianes JM, Von Doersten PG, et al: Bell's palsy treatment with acyclovir and prednisone compared with prednisone alone: a double-blind, randomized, controlled trial. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 1996 May; 105(5): 371-8. [8651631]
  2. Murakami S, Mizobuchi M, Nakashiro Y, et al: Bell palsy and herpes simplex virus: identification of viral DNA in endoneurial fluid and muscle. Ann Intern Med 1996 Jan 1; 124(1 Pt 1): 27-30. [7503474]
  3. Piercy J. Bell's palsy. BMJ. 2005 Jun 11;330(7504):1374. [15947400]
  4. Salinas R. Bell's palsy. Clin Evid. 2003 Dec;(10):1504-7. [15555157]
  5. Salinas RA, Alvarez G, Ferreira J. Corticosteroids for Bell's palsy (idiopathic facial paralysis). Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2004 Oct 18;(4):CD001942. [15495021]
FreeMD is provided for information purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for evaluation and treatment by a physician. Please review our terms of use.