The temporary weakness or paralysis of facial muscles is known as Bell'sPalsy. The first symptoms often appear when a person wakes up and finds that one side of his/her face does not move. The person will not be able to control the facial muscles on the effected side.
Cold is really the starting point of the symptoms related to this condition (Bell'sPalsy). The symptoms are almost always seen on one side of the face only and may range from mild to severe. The face might feel stiff or pulled to one side and look different.
Other symptoms include difficulty in closing one eye and difficulties in drinking and eating. Drooling (due to lack of control over the facial muscles), problems in smiling or making facial expressions, dry eye, dry mouth, headache and loss of taste are all the symptoms of Bell'sPalsy.
The symptoms are almost always seen on one side of the face only and may range from mild to severe. The face might feel stiff or pulled to one side and look differentThis condition is treated with physiotherapy, which basically stimulates the facial nerve. Bell'sPalsy is commonly seen in people between age 15 and 60 years. People with diabetes or upper respiratory diseases and pregnant women (especially during third trimester) are the most vulnerable.
Fortunately Bell'sPalsy is easily treatable at home by doing a simple facial exercise too. One should sit in a relaxed manner in front of a mirror and raise the eyebrows with the help of the fingers. Then he/she should try to frown, wrinkle the nose and take deep breaths. Subsequently, he/she should try moving the mouth. Basically one side of the mouth should be pulled and an effort should be made to smile. Finally the finger should be removed (if it was being used in this attempt) and the exercising person should prolong the smile. An attempt should be made also to hold half open eyelids.
While undergoing this condition one should avoid eating hard foods and foods that require a lot of chewing. Smaller portions should be consumed at one go to prevent any spilling from the mouth.
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