Facial nerve Paralysis
Facial paralysis occurs when a person is no longer able to move some or all of the muscles on one side of the face. The facial nerve is the main nerve that innervates the muscles of the face and therefore enables facial expression.
Facial paralysis is almost always caused by:
For treatment to be effective it should be started immediately or at the latest within the first three days of symptoms. Treatment includes medication and physical therapy. The medication consists of antibiotics and cortisone. Antibiotics to fight infection and cortisone to reduce the swelling of the nerve and thus the depressurisation. Supplemental vitamins administered to the patient, especially B complex to strengthen the nerve and eye drops to protect the corneas.
Clinical studies also show that acupuncture is at least as effective as corticosteroids and may improve the recovery of patients with palsy Bell, either as monotherapy or in combination with medication.