Bell’s Palsy
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Bell's palsy has been considered to be the most common reason for facial palsy. This disease results in the damage or the inflammation of the facial nerves and hence a person loses control over the expressions of his/her face. This disease damages the nerves that control the muscles of the face and are also responsible for carrying the taste sensation from the tongue. As a result the disease causes the paralysis of the facial nerve. A person affected by this disease is not able to control the facial muscles of the affected side of the face.

Bells Palsy gets its name after Scottish anatomist Charles Bell. It is termed to be as the most common form of acute mononeuropathy as well as facial nerve paralysis. The disease, which is usually self limiting, in most cases involve the paralysis of a single nerve in the body. What is a significant point to note about the disease is that post infection the palsy states within a single day.

Causes of Bell’s Palsy

The exact cause of Bell’s palsy is unknown. It is believed that viral infection plays an important role for causing this disease. The viral infection causes inflammation and creates a pressure on the nerve. The herpes simplex virus and the Lyme disease play an important role in accelerating this disease.

The infection of the herpes simplex virus type 1 is connected with the nerves’ demyelination. Researches has also shown that the often the replication of the virus alone is not responsible for the damage of the facial nerves. However, researches have shown that the lyme disease is responsible for damages of the facial nerves and hence can be considered to be associated with Bell’s palsy.

Bell’s Palsy Symptoms

Bell’s palsy results in the inflammation or damage of the facial nerves resulting in making one side of the face weak. This disease also results in paralysis of the face. Both complete and partial paralysis results in drooping of both the corner of the mouth and the eyelids. Another symptom of this disease is the hypersensitivity to sound by the ear on the affected side as well as the watering of the eye of the side that has been affected.

Other symptom includes drooling from the mouth and taste impairment. A person suffering from this disease may not be able to close the eye of the affected side. Some people suffering from Bell’s palsy have myriad neurological symptoms. These symptoms include mild/severe headache and pain in the neck, facial tingling, memory problem, ipsilateral limb paresthesias, balance problems, ipsilateral limb weakness, etc.

Bell’s Palsy Treatment

The treatment of Bell’s palsy is controversial. In some cases of incomplete facial palsy, no treatment is required. However, people suffering from complete Bell’s palsy require medical treatment. Doctors prescribe anti-inflammatory corticosteroid for people who are not able to close their eye and mouth on the affected side. Prednisolone is one type of corticosteroid that is used for treating this disease.

The consumption of this for 3-9 months shows the chances of totally recovery. The disease is thought to be associated with the herpes virus. Because of this many neurologists prescribe acyclovir, an anti viral drug. Often doctors prescribe surgical procedures in order to decompress the nerves of the face. However, such surgeries are not often successful and the success rates are more than often chance oriented.

Advice Regarding Bell’s Palsy

It is difficult to prevent Bell’s palsy as the cause of it not known. However, maintaining a strong immune system can help one to prevent this disease. One should always consult a doctor immediately if he faces any of the symptoms of this disease.

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#1 - snigdha baruah - 04/02/2009 - 09:58
very nice information given I also face bell's palsy due to accident on road my head badly hit on road and my left facial nerve was damage then doctor did operation for my nerve and away bone from my bone after 4 moth there was no moment but suddenly on day moment start and after 7 month i recover 60% i used b12 exersice , physeotharpy , even my EMG test show absent signal. I also used meditation.
#2 - lakhwinder - 01/10/2010 - 03:09
What ws d cause?
#3 - Nand - 11/28/2011 - 10:45
Hi I am also suffering from Bells Palsy from last 3 weeks. There is no motion on left side of my face. Doctors put me on antiviral for two weeks and advised me to do regular Physiotherphy course.
On third week there is some good movement on my eyebrows and left side of my forehead and now doctor put me on steroid for some more immidiate response. My facial excercises are still going on.. and Now I am hoping for the best in comencement weeks....

#4 - Viru - 11/30/2011 - 03:01
I get use to it although i'm a bell's palsy since birth (completely blind at my right side eye and facial weakness) my parents wasn't have courage to bring me even in 1 of the chipest neurologist because of different reasons they were afraid of what might be the outcome if ill do some medications or surgery,financial the highest hidden reason maybe, lack of education about the said disease and they were not in my position, they can't felt the fellings of being a bell's palsy; n how it hard to handle, to communicate people, and there are lots of times that i really don't know where to get strenght not to be affected on how people looked at me. I'm already 22 years old but still doesn't have any opportunity being treat or even diagnose by a physician. Being a bell's palsy is so disappointing i don't have self confidence, i'm a homebody co'z i don't want any social life because of dis inborn disease that i should accept that this me,this is what i really am, i was meant having this kind of disease! I'm so hopeless and badly having self petty every now and then. To those who have disease like mind may God have Mercy on us...
#5 - Bontia Janice - 03/05/2012 - 08:22
dose bell's palsy, cause weakness in hand ?
#6 - dave - 05/09/2012 - 10:33
I just have this Bell's Palsy symptoms three days ago I am 60 year's old. I have visited the doctor and was given tablets. My right eye droops and visions sometimes blur and tiring. My mouth when I smile will slant upwards to the left and when I drinks I tends to drools. Can anyone tells me can it be cured. If can, how long does it take ? Or is it a permanent sickness ? I appreciate a reply
#7 - Lohan - 10/28/2012 - 20:13
They said I have bells palsy but I Robt have any if the cl[@]ics symptoms. I have full left side tingling and numbness but I can still feel if I touch it. I also don't have any issue with my eyes or mouth drooping. I look normal. I just have this tingling sensation that has gradually travled over the last 4 days. It started in my mouth moved slowly to my lips,cheeck,ear,now down the left side of throat. Has any one experianced this?
#8 - sara - 02/28/2013 - 19:50
i was born with it. iam 26 years old now.. but still i cannot move my left face. i was wondering if it is bells palsy. i have other symptoms like that i cannot move the left side of my face, left side is drop, i cannot raise my eyebrow, i cannot smile, i cannot also show my full teeth. but i am not experiencing numbness or pain, i just cannot move and control it like the other side. i don't know if it will be healed or i will just die with it.. :-(
#9 - deng - 09/22/2013 - 23:50
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