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Bell's palsy: Causes, symptoms and treatment - Know all about it

Bell's palsy causes weakness that effects the muscles of the face basically on one side. The cause of Bell's palsy is not clear but it is belived that it is caused due to a viral infection. Mostly people who suffer from Bell's palsy make a full recovery within 2-3 months.


  |  Updated On : December 15, 2016 03:01 PM
 Bell's palsy: Causes, symptoms and treatment - Know all about it (File Photo)

Bell's palsy: Causes, symptoms and treatment - Know all about it (File Photo)

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Bell's palsy causes weakness that effects the muscles of the face basically on one side. The cause of Bell's palsy is not clear but it is belived that it is caused due to a viral infection. Mostly people who suffer from Bell's palsy make a full recovery within 2-3 months. 

What Is Bell’s Palsy?

Bell’s palsy is a condition that results to sudden facial weakness or  paralysis of the muscles in the face.Palsy most commonly occurs between the ages of 15 and 60.

This happens when the nerve that controls the facial muscles swells up, gets inflamed, swollen, or compressed.

The weakness usually affects one side of the face, where person can have difficulty in smiling or closing the eye on the affected side.

Who can be affected by Bell’s Palsy?

Bell’s palsy is more common among people between ages 16 and 60. Bell’s palsy is named after the Scottish anatomist Charles Bell, who was the first to describe the condition.

Signs and symptoms of Bell’s palsy:

# Temporary weakness

# Difficlty in eating and drinking

# Difficulty in smiling or frowning

#facial weakness

# muscle twitches 

# dry eye and mouth# headache

How can it be treated?

A course of steroid tablets started within 72 hours of it starting period improves the chance of full recovery .

First Published: Thursday, December 15, 2016 02:11 PM


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