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Bell’s palsy is a condition that causes the muscles on one side of the face to become weak or paralyzed. Affecting only one side of the face, it causes the facial features to droop or stiffen and possibly be immobile. Medical professionals believe Bell’s palsy is caused by some sort of trauma to the seventh cranial nerve, also called the facial nerve.

The symptoms of Bell’s palsy tend to suddenly occur. Although, some patients report feeling pain behind their ears a day or two before the onset of symptoms. The full force of symptoms is generally seen within one or two days and last from a few weeks to six months before fading away on their own. Rare cases become permanent.

Patients often fear they are experiencing a stroke. However, stoke symptoms are more widespread, extending to the extremities. Bell’s palsy only affects the facial nerves on one side. Pressure on the facial nerve by a condition or illness is believed to be the cause.

Salt Lake City Facial Paralysis

There is no cure for Bell’s palsy nor is there a treatment to stop symptoms once they set in. Because the malady is usually temporary, treatments focus on mitigating the symptoms or shortening the overall duration of the condition. If the cause is a virus that affects the facial nerves, antiviral medications are prescribed. Corticosteroids can decrease the swelling, perhaps aiding to shorten the duration of symptoms.

In rare cases, where the symptoms prove to be permanent, surgical options are available to restore balance and symmetry to the facial features. Dr. Eric Cerrati can explain more about possible causes and treatments for Bell’s palsy on a case-by-case basis at his offices in South Jordan or Salt Lake City. As an experienced facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, he can provide the answers you seek and more information. Contact either one of his offices today to schedule a Bell’s palsy treatment consultation.

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