How is Bell’s palsy treated?
Bell’s palsy often goes away on its own within 1 or 2 months. Your chances of full recovery will be improved if you take a prescribed course (usually for 10 days) of steroid medication, usually for 10 days, that is started as early as possible.
At home, you can take simple steps to help your recovery. Remember to eat well and get plenty of rest so you can heal. Protect your eyes with sunglasses when you are outdoors. Be careful to keep your eyes moist, especially when you are working at a computer. Using eye drops to keep your eyes moist during the day and wearing an eye patch to keep your eye closed during the night may help.
Apply low heat, such as a gel pack or heating pad, to the affected area for pain and swelling as needed. You may try gently massaging the area as well. If you are experiencing severe pain, talk to your family doctor.
Your recovery time will depend on how badly your facial nerve is damaged. If it takes a long time to improve, you may have a few lasting effects. For example, you may have facial movements you can’t control, or your eyes may water or tear.
Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff