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What is Bell’s Palsy?

Posted on October 27, 2014 | No Comments on What is Bell’s Palsy?

Bell’s Palsy (facial paralysis) involves the facial nerve (7th cranial nerve) on one side, producing weakness or paralysis of the facial muscle.

Causes: unknown

Sign & Symptoms: feeling of numbness in the face, distortion of face from paralysis of facial muscle; speech difficulties, inability to eat on affected side; pain behind the ear or in the face.

Rx:

  • Majority of the patients usually recover in 3 to 5 weeks
  • Start facial massage
  • Promote pain relief; protect the involved eye
  • ACTH T.M – to prevent or minimize denervation and permanent sequela
  • Teach patient facial exercise such as whistling, wrinkling the forehead, blowing air out and puffing cheeks.

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