Treatments For Bells Palsy
What is Bell's Palsy?
Symptoms of Bell's Palsy can include:
Alarmingly, one will also notice their face drooping over to one side, inability to wrinkle their brow, a drooping eyelid, and the inability to close their eye.
Symptoms may last a few weeks for most people with complete resolution. However, there are a small percentage of individuals who will have residual deficits.
Many patients experience muscle cramps or pain anywhere on the face or the head. Some feel fatigued.
How Bell's Palsy Affects The Eyes
Bell’s Palsy often disrupts the eyelid’s natural blinking ability, and it’s usually very difficult to close the eye on the side of the face that is affected.
This leaves the eye exposed to accidental injury and excessive dryness. Excessive dryness in the eye can lead to irritation, infection, or corneal ulcers.
The eye must be kept moist and protected with the use of lubricating eyedrops and eye patches.
It's important to seek medical attention
There are other conditions that may cause facial paralysis, so it is important to seek medical attention if you have these symptoms. If there are additional symptoms such as weakness, changes in speech, blurred or double vision, difficulty with walking, and numbness then further evaluation would need to be done for possible stroke.
At the time of onset, it is important to seek immediate medical care to treat the condition. This may include antibiotics and steroids for about a week to help hasten recovery.