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Facial Palsy

Facial Palsy

Medical term of facial palsy is known as Bell’s Palsy, it paralyzes the one side of the face and causes severe weakness of the facial muscles.

List of other viruses that have been linked to Bell’s palsy

  • Chickenpox and shingles virus
  • Cold Sores and genital herpes virus
  • Epstein-Barr virus, or EBV, responsible for mononucleosis
  • Cytomegalovirus
  • Mumps virus
  • Influenza B
  • Hand-foot and mouth disease (coxsackievirus)
  • Risk factors of Bell’s palsy –
  • The condition more commonly affects:
  • People aged 15 to 60 years
  • Those with diabetes or upper respiratory diseases
  • Women in the third trimester of their maternity
  • Women who conceived an offspring than one week ago


  • Mostly people recover from Bell’s palsy in 1-2 months,
  • Prednisolone hormone can speed up recovery.
  • Physiotherapy and nerve stimulation is required

Causes of Bell’s Palsy

  • The facial nerve passes through a narrow gap of bone linked with the brain to the face, most of the muscles in the face and parts of the ear are controlled by the facial nerve.
  • If the protective covering of the nerve becomes impaired, the signals which flow from the brain to the muscles in the face may not be inherited properly which leads to weak or paralyzed facial muscles. The accurate reason why this takes place is unclear.
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