Facial Palsy, Facial Paralysis, Ayurvedic Treatment, Ayurveda Facial Palsy Treatment, Kerala, India
Bell's palsy is a disorder of the nerve that controls movement of the muscles in the face.Damage to this nerve causes weakness or paralysis of these muscles. Paralysis means that you cannot use the muscles at all.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Bell's palsy affects about 30,000 - 40,000 people a year in the United States.It involves damage to the seventh cranial (facial) nerve. This nerve controls the movement of the muscles of the face.Bell's palsy is thought to be due to swelling (inflammation) of this nerve in the area where it travels through the bones of the skull.
The cause is often not clear. A type of herpes infection called herpes zoster might be involved. Other conditions that may cause Bell's palsy include:
- Lyme disease
- Middle ear infection
Sometimes you may have a cold shortly before the symptoms of Bell's palsy begin. most often start suddenly, but may take 2 - 3 days to show up. They do not become more severe after that.Symptoms are almost always on one side only. They may range from mild to severe.
The face will feel stiff or pulled to one side, and may look different. Other symptoms can include:
- Difficulty eating and drinking; food falls out of one side of the mouth
- Drooling due to lack of control over the muscles of the face
- Drooping of the face, such as the eyelid or corner of the mouth
- Hard to close one eye
- Problems smiling, grimacing, or making facial expressions
- Twitching or weakness of the muscles in the face
- Dry eye or mouth
- Loss of sense of taste
- Sound that is louder in one ear (hyperacusis)
- Twitching in face
Signs and tests
Often, Bell's palsy can be diagnosed just by taking a health history and doing a complete physical exam.
If your health care provider is worried that a brain tumor is causing your symptoms, you may need:
- CT scan of the head
- MRI of the head
Sometimes, you will need a test to check the nerves that supply the muscles of your face:
- Electromyography (EMG)
- Nerve conduction test
Snehana, Swedana, Ksheeradhooma, Nasya etc. and internal medicines.