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Facial Palsy Treatment

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What Is a Facial Palsy?

Facial paralysis is a loss of facial movement because of nerve damage. Your facial muscles droop or become weak.

What Are Symptoms Of Facial Paralysis?

Facial paralysis has a major impact on a person’s quality of life. You may lose confidence and feel embarrassed. In addition, facial paralysis can cause:

  • facial pain
  • headaches or dizziness
  • earaches, ringing in one or both ears, and sensitivity to sound
  • difficulty talking
  • inability to express emotion
  • difficulty eating or drinking
  • drooling
  • muscle twitching
  • tearing of the eye
  • dryness of the eye and mouth

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Facial Palsy Treatment

Facial paralysis may benefit from surgery to repair or replace damaged nerves or muscles or to remove tumors. Small weights may also be surgically placed inside the upper eyelid to help it close.
Some patients may experience uncontrolled muscle movements in addition to paralysis. Botox injections that freeze the muscles, as well as physical therapy, can help.
Physiotherapy is important as muscles which are not used shrink and contract. The affected muscles should be massaged to keep them supple until the person recovers.
If the cause of the facial palsy is a tumour pressing on the nerve, surgery is indicated to remove as much of the tumour as possible.