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my wife is said to be infected with bells palsy. symptoms occured two days back. she is having problem while smiling and also has problem in closing her eyes. she says she is facially paralised. she is at present undergoing a airlines training, as cabin crew. the training will last for another 10 days or so. my question: Is bells palsy a permenant disorder? whom should i consult ? and how long does recovery take? will she be incapable of working as a flight attendent? please do answer all my questions, i love my wife very much and i dont want to see her in any kind of discomfort. she is really very worried.


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replied March 13th, 2007
Neurological Disorders Answer A2422
Bell’s paralysis is a peripheral failure of the facial nerve. Bell’s paralysis manifests with: mouth dislocation toward the healthy side (this is especially noticed when smiling); inability to close the eyelid on the affected side, and partial loss of the sense of taste. The etiology, or cause, of Bell’s paralysis is unknown. For an unknown reason,the part of the facial nerve that passes into the temporal bone, becomes inflamed and swollen. Because of the very restricted space in the bone canal, the pressure on the facial nerve increases and nerve failure occurs.
Bell’s paralysis is usually overcome without consequences. Therapy includes injecting local anesthetics, taking B-vitamins and corticosteroids. Surgical decompression of the facial nerve’s bone canal is a final option for treating Bell’s paralysis. Permanent nerve damage is rare but possible... even with therapy. Recovery usually lasts for a month. ENT-specialists are in charge of treating Bell’s paralysis.

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