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
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.