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Take Care of your Nervous System – Stay Protected from Bell’s palsy

Bell’s palsy is numbness or debilitation of the part of the muscles on the face. That is an interim condition that appears because of inflammation of the nerve which can swell or shrink. Scientists try to find out Bell’s palsy causes, but for today there are no exact answers, one of the theories is the reaction to a viral infection. Indications go away in a few weeks and recurrence happens rarely. Fortunately, Bell’s palsy is not the consequence of insult, however, it still causes discomfort, so a person should take the opportunity to visit the clinic, for example, Advanced Medical Care, for complex diagnostics.

Symptoms of Bell’s palsy

Unpleasant indications of disorders can appear in two or free weeks after you have a contagion in the area of ears or eyes, cold, or fever. A sudden emergence is characteristic of them, you can’t predict symptoms of Bell’s palsy. More often these are:

  • distortion of the face, one flank is below the level of the other;
  • impossibility to enclose or fasten up the eye on the stricken part;
  • facial disorders, inability to smile or frown due to the weakened muscles;
  • headache, dryness of eyes and mouth;
  • hypersensitivity to sounds and light, eye irritation;
  • the wretch of the face, difficulty eating or drinking, salivating;
  • pain near the ears or jaw, loss of taste;
  • in rare cases, it can paralyze the whole face.

One of Bell’s palsy causes is respiratory illnesses, herpes, flu, and mumps. Therefore, pay attention to other possible signs that can influence complications as Bell’s palsy of chronic pain. It may happen that outcomes will be severe. They include partial or complete eye blindness because of corneal problems, irreversible nerve damage that manifests the involuntary muscle contraction during movement. For instance, the eye will close when a person smiles.

Diagnostics and treatment of Bell’s palsy

Only doctors can say with sureness whether it is Bell’s palsy or not.  Usually, specialists provide a physical checkup for weakness and elasticity of facial muscles. One method is also performing a blood test to detect viral or bacterial infections. Usage of MRI is possible too for review of the condition of the nerves. Electromyography can show the exact place of nerve damage through the measurement of electrical activity. After such operations, professionals prescribe medication to accelerate the elimination of the signs not to lead to Bell’s palsy of chronic pain.

On this occasion, such drugs help: painkillers, antivirals (if the virus is the cause of Bell’s palsy), anti-inflammatory, and eye drops. People can maintain additional procedures by themselves. Home treatment of Bell’s palsy comprises physical exercise for improving muscle mobility, massage with smooth movements, eye patches. Bell’s palsy can disappear on its own without help, however, the extra effort will only benefit. In severe cases, patients need plastic surgery which doesn’t expect the nervous system but changes the appearance or mime therapy that is one of the ways maintained for strengthening the muscles and restoration of clear coordination.