Treatment of Bell's PalsyThe most important factor in Bell's palsy treatment is to eliminate the source of the nerve damage.
Bell's palsy affects each individual differently. Some cases are mild and do not require treatment, as the symptoms usually improve on their own within two weeks. For others, treatment may include medications and other therapeutic options. There is no cure.
Recommended treatment for Bell's palsy may include:
- Eye protection
- Physical therapy
- Certain alternative treatments.
Surgery for Bell's palsy is generally not recommended.
Recovering From Bell's PalsyThe prognosis for individuals with Bell's palsy is generally quite good. The extent of nerve damage determines the extent of the recovery time. With or without treatment, most individuals begin to get better within two weeks after the initial onset of symptoms and recover completely within three to six months.
In rare cases, a person can have a recurrence of the condition, either on the same or the opposite side of the face.
(Click Bell's Palsy Recovery Time for more information on recovering from Bell's palsy.)