It affects between 20 per , to 30 per , people per year which in the UK means between 12, and 24, people per year. It has not yet been possible to find out why the facial nerve becomes compressed; however, links have been made with viruses including herpes, influenza and respiratory tract infections , as well as a depleted immune system and stress. It is important to get plenty of rest even if they have no other symptoms and to maintain a healthy diet. If you are at work or school, it may be necessary to take some time to recover. In eight out of ten cases, recovery will take place over a period of weeks or months. A doctor will carry out a neurological examination.
Bell's palsy is an unexplained episode of facial muscle weakness or paralysis. It begins suddenly and worsens over 48 hours. This condition results from damage to the facial nerve the 7th cranial nerve. Pain and discomfort usually occur on one side of the face or head. It occurs most often in pregnant women, and people who have diabetes, influenza, a cold, or another upper respiratory ailment. Bell's palsy affects men and woman equally.
A comparative study of age and degree of facial nerve recovery in patients with Bell's palsy.
Bell's palsy is a non-progressive neurological disorder of one of the facial nerves 7th cranial nerve. The exact cause of Bell's palsy is not known. Viral e. There may also be an inherited tendency toward developing Bell's palsy. The symptoms may begin suddenly and progress rapidly over several hours, and sometimes follow exposure to cold or a draft.
Background and Objectives To investigate whether taste thresholds, as determined by electrogustometry EGM and chemical taste tests, differ by age and the severity of facial palsy in patients with Bell's palsy. Subjects and Methods This study included 29 patients diagnosed with Bell's palsy between January and May in our hospital. Patients were assorted into age groups and by severity of facial palsy, as determined by House-Brackmann Scale, and their taste thresholds were assessed by EGM and chemical taste tests. Conclusions Electrical taste thresholds were higher in Bell's palsy patients than in controls.