Your doctor may suggest the following tests if the symptoms are not clear:
- Imaging scans to look for pressure on your facial nerve
- Electromyography, or EMG, to look for nerve damage and how severe the damage is.
- Blood tests to look for conditions like Lyme disease
How Do You Treat Bell’s Palsy?
If the cause of Bell’s Palsy is known, like an infection, then the cause may need treatment. There is no specific Bell’s Palsy treatment. However, treatment may be given as needed for these symptoms.
However, most patients can fully recover regardless of whether treatment is provided or not. Recovery time often depends on how severe the nerve damage was, but Bell’s palsy recovery signs may be apparent 2 weeks after the initial symptoms.
While every case is different, medications that may be prescribed to you may include:
- Antiviral drugs
Additionally, physical therapy may be recommended to you to prevent permanent contractures in your facial muscles. A physical therapist may teach you how to exercise and massage your facial muscles.
Decompression surgery was done in the past to relieve pressure on a facial nerve. However, this surgery is not as recommended. People may get permanent hearing loss or facial nerve injury from decompression surgery complications.
Plastic surgery is often only rarely suggested if needed to correct any lasting facial nerve problems. Plastic surgery may be performed to restore facial movement or make the face look more even. Some surgeries that may be done may include: