02 January 2011

How is Bell's Palsy Treated?

Lots of people treat Bell's Palsy lightly, thinking that those facial nerve often repairs itself without any treatments involved. Though the symptoms may go away and getting better each day, but if you want to speed up your recovery then you need to seek your doctor's advice regarding your condition and probably the ask the right medicine's prescription to help the nerve heals and return to normal.

Here are some popular treatment of Bell's Palsy or Facial Paralysis;

Every person that diagnosed with Bell's Palsy had difficulty blinking their eye of the affected side, so they need to take precautions against drying of the said eye on the side of facial weakness. And must keep the affected eye moist all the time.
  •  Lubricate eye drops such as artificial tears, eye ointment or eye gels.
  • An eye patch or a tape to help the affected eye closed and not expose to dust. Also an eye patch helps you to keep your eye close before and during your sleep.

Your physician may prescribe a steroid such as Prednisone for the first few days to a week of facial weakness to reduce the inflation and or to fight the virus to help speed up recovery. Along with the steroid, the doctor probably includes some vitamins such as Vitamin B1, B2 and B6.

Follow your doctor's advice accordingly and read the directions that includes on the medicine box carefully before taking any of those medication.

Complementary Therapies
Though the effectiveness of these treatments are still needs more research, acupuncture and physical therapies such as facial exercises, electrolytes and facial massage may be beneficial for facial paralysis or Bell's Palsy.

The use of electrolytes of Bell's palsy patients with blood pressure and blood glucose must be monitored by specialist.

Surgical Procedures
Mostly, Bell's Palsy patients fully-recovered naturally, and using surgical procedures to cure the facial paralysis is not necessary. However some patients especially those been with the symptoms for more than a year and without or with very slow improvements are opt to cosmetic and reconstructive surgery to improve their appearance.

Always consider to talk to your physician before considering these procedures.