Bell's palsy is paralysis on one side of the facial muscles so that one side of the face appears to sag. Bell's palsy occurs suddenly, but is usually not permanent.
Bell's palsy can happen to anyone. However, this condition is most common in pregnant women, diabetics, and people with upper respiratory infections, such as the flu.
Many people think of Bell's palsy as a stroke because they both cause symptoms of paralysis. In fact, the symptoms of Bell's palsy are limited to the facial muscles and most sufferers can recover completely within 6 months.
Although both cause paralysis of half of the face, Bell's palsy is different from Ramsay-Hunt syndrome . This syndrome is a complication of shingles that affects the facial nerve.
Bell's Palsy Causes and Symptoms
Bell's palsy occurs due to inflammation of the nerves that control facial muscles. This condition is thought to be linked to viral infections , middle ear infections , and Lyme disease.
Bell's Palsy is characterized by paralysis on one side of the face. These complaints can be seen from changes in the shape of the face so that sufferers find it difficult to smile symmetrically. In addition, sufferers may also experience other symptoms, such as watery eyes and drooling.
Treatment and Prevention of Bell's Palsy
People with Bell's palsy who have mild symptoms usually don't need treatment. While sufferers who experience severe symptoms can undergo self-care, as well as treatment with drugs, physiotherapy , or surgery.
Bell's palsy can not be prevented. However, the risk of developing Bell's palsy can be reduced by controlling the diseases associated with this condition and avoiding exposure to cold air.