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Bell's Palsy - Have Homeopathy At Your Rescue!

Bell's Palsy - Have Homeopathy At Your Rescue!

Bell’s Palsy is a form of facial paralysis that can leave the features or one side of the face completely frozen. This can also affect the patient’s ability to eat and talk on a normal basis. As per medical science reports, this kind of condition is brought on by the inflammation of the delicate facial nerves when a viral infection from the past comes back and gets reactivated. It can also happen due to sudden and debilitating change of air from hot to extremely cold without any proper acclimatization, as well as other factors like stress, anxiety, trauma and similar factors.

There are many homoeopathic medicines that can be used for dealing with these conditions. These medicines are preferred as they are natural and do not usually have any side effects. So let us look at a few medicines that can be used in Homeopathy for treating Bell’s Palsy.

  1. Aconite: This is one of the most widely prescribed medicines for this condition. It is usually prescribed when the patient is facing symptoms like trauma due to sudden exposure to extremely cold and icy air without any kind of warning or a subtle change in temperature first. Also, those who have been suffering from chronic facial paralysis due to a variety of reasons can be given this medicine for some amount of relief in the long run. If the patient has had a history of complications when it comes to dealing with icy temperatures and cold air, then this medicine can also help.
  2. Ignatia: This medicine is usually prescribed when the facial paralysis is brought on due to stress and grief. Ignatia is also a well-known medicine that is usually prescribed for any kind of grief and trauma besides being known as an effective treatment when it comes to depression, as well. Other symptoms treated by this condition include a constant biting sensation that one may feel in the cheeks as well as problems while swallowing and talking.
  3. Cadmium Sulph: This medicine is used when there is some amount of haemorrhage at play when it comes to Bell’s Palsy. When the facial paralysis happens suddenly due to such a condition, then this medicine is usually prescribed for the patient. Also, this medicine is prescribed in order to treat symptoms like a distorted face and problems when it comes to swallowing food and water. The patient will also find that he or she cannot close the eye on the affected side of the face.
  4. Bacillinium: This medicine is usually prescribed when the patient has suppressed the facial eruptions, which has then manifested itself as facial paralysis. This can happen when expressions and eruptions are suppressed by the constant use of certain medicated treatments and ointments.

Mujhe bhi saal se bell's palsy hi abhi main ki physiotherapy kara rahi hoon kya ye theek ho sakta hai.

Bell's palsy has a high rate of spontaneous recovery. Physiotherapy can help prevent muscles from permanently contracting. Oral corticosteroids r given and antiviral insome cases.
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My right side of the face is really different from the left side and my lips are pointed more on the right. It really bothers me. What should I do?

Hello lybrate-user. It usually occurs in neurolgical complaints in nerves supplying the facial muscles. You should consult and take proper check up and treatment. You can consult me at Lybrate for homoeopathic treatment.
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Facial Paralysis - Physiotherapy Has The Solution For You!

Facial Paralysis - Physiotherapy Has The Solution For You!

Facial paralysis can happen due to many factors. Sometimes inflammation develops around the facial nerve as it passes through the skull from the brain. This presses on the nerve and makes it stop functioning. As the nerve stops functioning, so does the muscle it controls.

This is what happens in Bell’s palsy, the most common cause of facial paralysis.

Bell’s palsy can happen to anyone and its cause is, hold your breath, a viral infection. Herpes zoster, Varicella zoster and HIV viruses can cause Bell’s palsy.

Bell's palsy is a common cause of a facial paralysis but there are many others too that affect or damage facial nerve. These include head injury, sarcoidosislyme disease, growths in the ear, tumours in the parotid glandbrain tumors and stroke.

The weakness of the face usually one-sided is a symptom of Bell’s palsy. The face may droop to one side, chewing food is also tough, droolingdry eyes and difficulty wrinkling forehead and speech are other symptoms of Bell’s palsy, the most common reason for facial paralysis.

Treatment:

The type of therapy you receive for facial paralysis will depend on its cause. It will also develop on how long you’ve suffered from facial paralysis and the extent of damage to the facial nerve.

Your physiotherapist can help and so can speech and language therapists to deal with the issue.

In physiotherapy, a treatment called 'facial retraining' with facial exercises helps with facial palsy. It is important that you seek help from a therapist who specialises in facial rehabilitation only.

This is what you can expect from facial rehabilitation therapy-

  1. Exercises for eye care

  2. Exercises for dry mouth management

  3. Exercises to make drinking and eating easier

  4. Speech therapy

Your physiotherapist will educate you on how the facial nerve works and how it recovers. This is important to make you recover. A home therapy programme plays an important role too. It includes massages to keep face muscles mobile and healthy, stretches to lengthen muscles, exercises to help re-learn balanced facial movements and relaxation of your facial nerve and muscles.

The physiotherapist will work on your facial movement to make muscles fit. The basic idea is to slowly rewire the brain-to-nerve-to-muscle pathway. The physiotherapist’s first step is to retrain you to do correct movements voluntarily, while mentally focusing on the movement.

Physiotherapy may take months but keep at it to recover completely, especially the home exercises.

Injections of botulinum toxin or Botox also help especially if you suffer from spasms in facial muscles. Surgery is also an option for chronic cases.

Remember that exercises should be done gently as well as daily to reap benefits. Always do these exercises with the help of a therapist only. Doing exercises by yourself can be counter- productive.

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Sir my left side of face is going to drop from last 4 years left side is down and right side up once I search on net it shows me it is bell's palsy or facial paralysis please help me sir.

Sir my left side of face is going to drop from last 4 years left side is down and right side up once I search on net ...
Bell's palsy affrcts one side of the face- symptoms r- twitching weakness/ paralysis drooping eyelid or corner of mouth drooling excessive tearing in the eye get your self clinically chhecked.
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Bell's Palsy - How To Treat It?

Bell's Palsy - How To Treat It?
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Bell's Palsy - What Can Cause It?

Bell's Palsy - What Can Cause It?

Bell’s palsy is a neurological condition that results in a temporary paralysis of the facial muscles. This paralysis or muscle weakness occurs when the cranial nerve responsible for controlling the facial muscles become compressed, swollen or inflamed. When this happens one side of the face may become stiff or can droop. You may experience trouble laughing, smiling or closing the eye located on the side of the face that has become affected.

Most often the condition of Bell’s palsy is temporary that will go away in a few days to a few weeks time. People between the age group of 16 and 60 years are at a risk of developing Bell’s palsy. The exact reasons why the cranial nerve becomes inflamed is not known but medical experts widely believe that it is because of viral infections.

Viruses that are sometimes instrumental behind causing Bell’s palsy are:

  1. HIV
  2. Herpes simplex
  3. Herpes Zoster Virus
  4. Lyme Disease
  5. Epstein-Barr Virus
  6. Sarcoidosis

Symptoms of Bell’s palsy can start to show up in a week or two’s time after you have developed an ear, eye or cold infection. The symptoms can occur all of a sudden and you will see them occurring usually in the morning. Generally, Bell’s palsy affects only one side of the face but it can also affect both sides. Aside from the stiffness of the facial muscles other symptoms of Bell’s palsy are:

  1. Trouble with either drinking or eating.
  2. Trouble with facial expressions
  3. Sudden twitching movements.
  4. Headaches
  5. Extreme sensitive to sound
  6. Eye irritation on the side(s) involved.
  7. Dryness of the eyes and mouth.

A Bell’s palsy condition can become risky if the person suffering from it is pregnant, has diabetes, has a pre-existing lung infection and also has a family medical history of this condition.
Most often a Bell’s palsy condition will improve on its own without requiring any treatment in a few days to few weeks time. But it can take many weeks for the facial muscles to recover their previous strength for muscle functioning.

The kinds of medications that can aid in speeding up the recovery process are:

  • Corticosteroids that help to lower the swelling and or the inflammation.
  • Antibacterials or antivirals to tackle the virus or the bacteria that may have been the reason behind your Bell’s palsy case.
  • Certain over-the-counter drugs that can help in providing temporary relief.
  • Some eye drops to deal with the eye dryness.

Some home remedies that can also be duly adopted are:

  1. Using a towel soaked in warm water to put on your face and get temporary relief from the pain.
  2. A facial massage.
  3. An eye patch.
  4. Therapy for stimulating the facial muscles.
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