How many times have you gone for some movie and noticed that the actors are not portraying any expressions? At least the expressions that are needed. Memes about Kristina Stuart must be quite famous for that. Theatre and acting is all about expression, your face expresses what you feel, now imagine that ability being taken away from you. That is, you lose control over the movement of your facial muscle, this is commonly known as Bell’s Palsy, here’s are some basic information about Bell’s Palsy.
What is Bell’s Palsy?
Just as Stephen Hawkings suffered from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the paralysis of the entire body, likewise Bell’s Palsy is the paralysis of the facial muscles. Bell’s Palsy is generally caused due to the malfunction of an important facial nerve called the cranial nerve VII, which results in the complete loss of facial movement. Bell’s palsy is defined as a one-sided facial nerve paralysis of unknown cause.
Cause of Bell’s Palsy.
There are many predicted causes of the paralysis, some of the most common are viruses, such as the varicella-zoster virus and Epstein-Barr viruses which belong to the herpes family. Also the studies have shown that Bell’s Palsy is three times more common in pregnant women than non-pregnant women.
Signs and Symptoms:
Wouldn’t the signs for Bell’s Palsy be quite obvious? You find it almost impossible to blink, or to smile and could affect an individual to various levels. If the individual is unable to close his/her eye, then the probability of the cornea drying up increases, which leads to a permanent damage in vision. There are also other important symptoms by which you can recognize if you are suffering from Bell’s Palsy. Such as, difficulty in speech, drooping eyes, loss in taste etc.
There are various treatments for Bell’s Palsy
Corticosteroid such as prednisone have shown significant effect in treating Bell’s Palsy over a span of 6 months or less.
Physiotherapy has shown promising outcomes, there are many physiotherapy exercises that can be done at home to help cure the problem.
Some other methods that are recommended are acupuncture, which can help in treat the paralytic problem.
So be aware, and be educated enough to help yourself or those around you who might undergo the symptoms without knowing what they mean. Precaution is better than cure.