Conditions

BELL’S PALSY

It is a condition that causes a temporary weakness of the muscles in the face. It is more common between ages 16-60. Charles Bell was the first to describe the condition . Causes • It occur when 7th cranial nerve becomes swollen or compressed resulting in facial weakness or Paralysis. • It is also believed to be triggered by a viral infection due to HIV herpes. • Sarcoidosis • Herpes zoster • Epstein – Barr Virus • Risk Factors • Your risk of developing bells palsy increases if you are pregnant • Have diabetes • Have a lung infection Symptoms & Science • Face droops to one side • When you smile only half your face may move • Chewing food on the effected side maybe a problem • Drinks and saliva may escape from the side of your mouth • You may not be able to close one eye • You may not be able to wrinkle your forehead • Whistle or blow your cheek • You may have some difficulty with speech Diagnosis Examination by the doctor Treatment 1. Steroid tablets, you have about 20% chances of recovery. 2. You should start the course of steroids as soon as possible . 3. If facial weakness doesn’t recover Physiotherapy, injections of botox may help

BELL’S PALSY