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Bell's Palsy: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment? How is the treatment done? Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?) Who is not eligible for the treatment? Are there any side effects? What are the post-treatment guidelines? How long does it take to recover? What is the price of the treatment in India? Are the results of the treatment permanent? What are the alternatives to the treatment?

What is the treatment?

Bell’s palsy is a condition in which one half of the face droops due to muscle weakness. It may be a reaction to a viral infection. It is generally seen to occur in pregnant women and people with respiratory problem o diabetes. You must look out for signs like facial droop, difficulty in making facial expressions like closing your eyes or smiling, decrease in your ability to taste, changes in the amount of tears and saliva you produce and pain around the jaw or behind the ear. You must consult a doctor as soon as you see signs of paralysis. Most of the time, bell’s palsy resolves on its own within six months. However, treatment will help you recover sooner. In rare cases, it can affect nerves on both sides of your face.

How is the treatment done?

The doctor will identify bell’s palsy by observing the movement of your facial muscles like lifting your brows, closing your eyes and frowning. In some cases, you may be asked to go for tests like electromyography (EMG) and imaging scans. EMG can confirm the presence and severity of nerve damage. Imaging scan are done to rule out other sources of pressure on the facial nerve. It can be treated by medications like corticosteroids and anti viral drugs. Corticosteroids are anti inflammatory agents that help in reducing the swelling of the facial nerve. They should be started within a few days of the appearance of these signs to achieve the best results. Physio therapy is recommended for every one going through bell’s palsy as the paralysed muscles may shrink and shorten causing permanent contractures. Physio therapist will suggest ways to exercise your facial muscles to avoid this from happening. In rare cases, plastic surgery may have to be done to correct facial nerve problems.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

If you are experiencing facial droop, difficulty in making facial expressions like closing your eyes or smiling, decrease in your ability to taste, changes in the amount of tears and saliva you produce and pain around the jaw or behind the ear; you must consult a doctor as these are some signs of bell’s palsy.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Decrease in ability to taste and pain around the jaw or behind the ear may occur due to any other medical treatment you are going through. Consult a doctor to confirm your condition.

Are there any side effects?

You may experience temporary rashes and redness in the skin due to certain medications. Other than that, there are no known side effects.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

Protect the affected eye by wearing an eye patch or goggles. Use lubricating drops during the day and eye ointment at night to keep your eye moist and protected. You may take over the counter pain relievers like aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen if the pain goes beyond your tolerance level. Follow your therapist’s advice and exercise your facial muscles regularly to achieve faster results.

How long does it take to recover?

Most of the time, bell’s palsy resolves on its own within six months. Treatment will speed up the results.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

One session of consultation with your doctor may cost between ₹600 - ₹1300. The cost of corticosteroids will be around ₹400. The cost of surgery will vary according to the severity of your condition.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Bell’s palsy rarely occurs more than once.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Most people with bell’s palsy recover fully with or without treatment. You can wait for that to happen naturally without going through any treatment.

Popular Questions & Answers

I am having bell palsy from last 10 months. And it has not been recovered yet properly. So what should I do? Which medicine should I take?

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Already 10 months passed. You should meet a Neurologist. Usually 10-15% cases have residual disability depending on the severity of attack.
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I got diagnosed with bell's palsy on the 4th of April. I have almost recovered now except forming of a few wrinkles on the face. Since a week I am feeling tingling sensation in the feet and hands. My hb is 13.8 and B12 is 228 Vitamin D is 27 We are not able to find out the cause.

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Neurosurgeon, Delhi
Vitamin b1 and b6 as well as calcium deficiency can cause the symptoms. If not then a Neurological examination will give a better idea.
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My wife is attacked by facial palsy and doctor has advised wysolone 10 mg three times and neurobion forte two times, her lab report like diabetes, thyroid, lipid profile, ecg all are normal. Daily mm level improvement is noticed. So still how many days it will take to cure and will you please suggest any exercises for facial palsy.

Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (B.U.M.S)
Ayurveda, Kanpur
ras raj ras 125 mg twice a day vyadhihar rasayan 125 mg twice a day rati modak awleh 10 gm twice a day relief in 3-4 days and for complete cure take it for 60 days only

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