All episodes of facial weakness or paralysis should be immediately examined by a
doctor to rule out the possibility of a
. If you have had a previous episode of Bell palsy and have another similar
episode, you should again be examined to rule out other more serious causes of
the facial weakness. Other causes of facial weakness can include these
If you have any difficulty with speech (slurred speech or change in speed of
your conversation), arm or leg weakness, numbness, tingling, or difficulty with
balance or walking, call 911 or go to a hospital's emergency department.
After examination by a doctor and with proper diagnosis, you can begin facial
exercises and stimulation of the facial muscles. These activities might speed
Relieve minor pain with over-the-counter pain
medication such as ibuprofen (Motrin).
Keep your droopy eyelid taped shut at night. Keep your eye moist with proper
eyedrops (such as methylcellulose type) to prevent drying of the surface of your
methylcellulose type) to prevent drying of the surface of your eye.
The cause is often unknown, so prevention is not possible.
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