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How do you treat Bell's palsy?

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There aren’t any that can stop it. If your doctor suggests your symptoms might be triggered by the herpes virus or shingles, they may give you an antiviral medication, like acyclovir. A short course of corticosteroids (like prednisone) may decrease swelling of your facial nerve.

In the meantime, you'll have to take extra care to protect your eye on the affected side:

Your doctor may suggest massage of your facial muscles. In very rare cases, when symptoms don’t improve, surgery can reduce pressure on your facial nerve.

  • Wear an eye patch, since you won’t be able to blink
  • Use eye drops to keep your eye from drying out

SOURCES:

NHS Choices: “Bell’s Palsy -- Treatment.”

Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology : “Bell’s Palsy: Treatment Guidelines.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bell’s Palsy Treatments and Drugs.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 21, 2018

SOURCES:

NHS Choices: “Bell’s Palsy -- Treatment.”

Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology : “Bell’s Palsy: Treatment Guidelines.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bell’s Palsy Treatments and Drugs.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 21, 2018

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