What are the treatment options for Bell’s Palsy?
There are a number of treatments available that can make it a little easier to deal with the condition. Artificial tears can be used to ensure the eyes remain moist, while an eye pad can be worn during the night to ensure it stays closed as you sleep. To prevent damage to the nerve and to ease swelling, oral steroids can be prescribed for ten days. These are usually more effective if taken within three days of the onset of any symptoms.
The herpes virus itself can be treated with prescribed antivirals such as Valaciclovir. However, there isn’t actually much proof that these work to treat the condition. Some patients may also find physiotherapy and facial exercises help to speed up recovery.
What results can I expect from treatment for Bell’s Palsy?
Of those affected, an estimated 15 per cent end up with residual facial weakness, facial spasms or muscle tightness. If you’re left with facial tightness or spasms, botulinum injections can help to balance out the facial movements. If you’re suffering with eye closure or residual facial weakness, a number of surgical options may help. You can find out more about these on the following pages:
For more advice on the treatment for Bell’s Palsy, book a consultation with Mr Paul Tulley by calling 020 7183 1559 or using the contact form.