Bell's Palsy Treatment
- Q What medications treat Bell's palsy?
Your doctor may prescribe an antiviral drug that prevents the herpes virus from reproducing itself. (Viruses such as the herpes virus, cytomegalovirus, and the Epstein-Barr virus are why the facial nerve involved in Bell's palsy gets inflamed.)... Full Answer
- Q Is surgery recommended for people with Bell's palsy?
A type of surgery called decompression surgery for people with Bell's palsy is sometimes performed. However, there is controversy over this surgery as many cases of Bell's palsy resolve on their own. The surgeon opens the bony passage surrounding the... Full Answer
- Q Are there alternative treatments for Bell's palsy?
The alternative treatments that are available for Bell's palsy mainly treat the symptoms, rather than the cause of the palsy. For example, people may try meditation or yoga to help their muscles relax. Acupuncture may help with the pain related to the... Full Answer
- Q What kind of physical therapy might I get for Bell's palsy?
A physical therapist might tell you to massage your facial muscles in order to stimulate them. You might also be given certain exercises to do in order to keep your facial muscles from atrophying (becoming weak) or contracted (shortened due to disuse).... Full Answer
- Q What are the treatment options for Bell's palsy?
The treatments for Bell's palsy are aimed at both the virus that causes it and the symptoms that accompany it. If you have had Bell's palsy for less than 48 hours, your doctor may prescribe a corticosteroid to reduce nerve swelling. With less... Full Answer
- Q Why do I need physical therapy for my Bell's palsy?
Physical therapy will help your facial muscles regain their strength more quickly as your symptoms of Bell's palsy lessen. Also, physical therapy may help prevent any facial drooping that might happen because you weren't able to use your facial muscles... Full Answer