Eye care includes the use of an eyepatch and adequate lubrication. This usually entail eyes drops during the day and ointment at night.
Some available Bell’s Palsy treatments are:
Facial exercises, electrostimulation, biofeedback, and laser therapy may increase a patient’s rate of recovery.
Corticosteroids such as prednisolone can help in treating Bell’s Palsy. This is because the condition is often associated with inflammation and edema of cranial nerve VII. The use of corticosteroids can reduce inflammation.
While not applicable to every case, antiviral medication may be beneficial to patients with a herpes simplex virus infection. This virus may cause Bell’s Palsy.
Bell’s Palsy Prognosis: Does The Condition Progress?
Fortunately, majority of patients with Bell’s Palsy (71 percent) recover from the condition within 6 months. This is with or without medical intervention. However, patients who are older, diabetic, hypertensive, or present with taste impairment and/or complete (bilateral) facial weakness are less likely to recover.
These patients may develop residual effects such as spasms on one side of the face, synkinesis, which is the involuntary movement of one body part when another part is voluntarily moved, or sweating while eating. However, the most common residual effects are “jaw winking” (the involuntary closure of the eye on the affected side of the face when the jaw opens) and “crocodile tears” (tears forming while chewing).