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Bell's Palsy

Bell's Palsy is a medical condition characterized by weakened or paralyzed facial muscles. This is not a permanent change but lasts a month or more. Bell's Palsy is named after the Scottish surgeon Sir Charles Bell who studied the innervation of facial muscles. Anyone can suffer from Ball's Palsy but the risk is more for those suffering from diabetes or compromised immune systems. The actual cause of Bell's palsy is not known. There is inflammation in tbe facial nerves. It is essential to take care of the eyes when there is paralyis of the facial muscles.

Symptoms of Bell's Palsy come on suddenly and include dry eye syndrome and tingling around the lips. The degree of paralysis of the facial nerve progressively intensifies. The face may take on a droopy appearance. There is facial stiffness and pain behindm the ears. There may be loss of taste. There may be weakness on the side of the face that is affected by Bell's Palsy. Chewing food and smiling may become difficult.

ENMG or Electromyography aids in examining the extent and severity of the damage to the face muscles. Antiviral medications and steroids are often prescribed for those suffering from Bell's Palsy.

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