Bell’s palsy is a condition that causes a temporary weakness or paralysis of the muscles in the face. It can occur when the nerve that controls your facial muscles becomes inflamed, swollen, or compressed.
The condition causes one side of your face to droop or becomes stiff. Patients may have difficulty smiling or closing their eyes on the affected side. In most cases, Bell’s palsy is temporary and symptoms usually go away after a few weeks. Although Bell’s palsy can occur at any age, the condition is more common among people between ages 16 and 60.
The symptoms of Bell’s palsy can develop one to two weeks after you have a cold, ear infection, or eye infection. They usually appear abruptly and you may notice them when you wake up in the morning or when you try to eat or drink. Bell’s palsy is marked by a droopy appearance on one side of the face and the inability to open or close your eye on the affected side. In rare cases, Bell’s palsy may affect both sides of your face.
The exact cause of bells palsy is unknown, but many medical researchers believe it’s most likely triggered by a viral infection or systemic disease like;
Men and women are affected about equally. One thing that is interesting that many people may think that they are having a stroke when they develop facial drooping, but a stroke will also lead to weakness on the side where the face is drooping.
The risk for developing Bells palsy increases if you:
Neurologists will first perform a physical examination to determine the extent of the weakness in your facial muscles. He’ll also ask you questions about your symptoms, including when they occurred or when you first noticed them.
Doctors can also use a variety of tests to make a Bell’s palsy diagnosis. These tests may include blood tests to check for the presence of a bacterial or viral infection. Doctors might also use an MRI or CT scan to check the nerves in your face.
It can take several weeks or months for the muscles in your face to regain their normal strength.
The following treatments may help in your recovery.
Effective treatment depends on getting the right diagnosis as soon as possible.
At our center, Dr. Navin Tiwari who is among the best neurologist in Indore has a long history of recognizing and treating tough medical problems that go undiagnosed elsewhere. Thorough, thoughtful, and comprehensive evaluations and consultations are done for better results in the treatment of Bells or Facial palsy.
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