Bell’s palsy is a condition that causes a temporary weakness or paralysis of the muscles in the face. It can occur when the nerve that controls the facial muscles becomes inflamed, swollen, or compressed.
Although Bell’s palsy can occur at any age, the condition is more common among people between ages 16 and 60. Bell’s palsy is named after the Scottish anatomist Charles Bell, who was the first to describe the condition.
Bell’s palsy occurs when the seventh cranial nerve becomes swollen or compressed, resulting in facial weakness or paralysis. The exact cause of this damage is unknown, but it is believed it’s most likely triggered by a viral infection.
The viruses/bacteria that have been linked to the development of Bell’s palsy include:
- herpes simplex, which causes cold sores and genital herpes
- HIV, which damages the immune system
- sarcoidosis, which causes organ inflammation
- herpes zoster virus, which causes chickenpox and shingles
- Epstein-Barr virus, which causes mononucleosis
- Lyme disease, which is a bacterial infection caused by infected ticks
The symptoms of Bell’s palsy can develop one to two weeks after one has a cold, ear infection, or eye infection. They usually appear abruptly, and patient may notice them when they wake up in the morning or when they try to eat or drink.
Bell’s palsy is marked by a droopy appearance on one side of the face and the inability to open or close the eye on the affected side. Other signs and symptoms of Bell’s palsy include:
- difficulty eating and drinking
- an inability to make facial expressions, such as smiling or frowning
- facial weakness
- muscle twitches in the face
- dry eye and mouth
- sensitivity to sound
- irritation of the eye on the involved side
- An eye patch (for the dry eye)
- A warm, moist towel over the face to relieve pain
- Facial massage
- Physical therapy exercises to stimulate the facial muscles
- Clinical neurological examination
- CT Scan of the brain
- MRI of the skull
Case of Bells Palsy Cured with Homoeopathy
Watch here as the patient narrates his experience himself - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-I6zu6Nri8s