A condition that causes temporary weakness or paralysis of the muscles in the face. It causes paralysis on one side of the face, drooping face, headache, loss of taste, increased sensitivity to sound, dry eye and dry mouth.
Major symptoms are a drooping face, dry eye, dry mouth, and headache.
Exact cause is not known but is associated with viral infections or facial nerve damage.
Diagnosis involves a physical examination and identification of the underlying cause.
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→ How is this diagnosed?
- Treatable by a medical professional
- Can usually be self-diagnosed
- Requires lab test or imaging
- Can last several months or years
- Family history may increase likelihood for some types
- Urgent medical attention recommended in severe cases
Anti-inflammatory drugs: Corticosteroids, helps to reduce the inflammation of the facial nerve.
Betamethasone . Prednisone
Antivirals: Antiviral drug alone will not help to treat Bell’s palsy. In some severe facial palsy cases, antiviral drugs combined with a corticosteroid is prescribed.
Zanamivir . Oseltamivir . Peramivir
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