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Bell's palsy

Bell's palsy is temporary weakness or lack of movement affecting 1 side of your face.

Symptoms of Bell's palsy include weakness on 1 side of your face, a drooping eyelid or corner of your mouth.

Treatment for Bell’s palsy includes a 10-day course of steroids, eyedrops and eye ointment. Treatment should start as soon as possible.

You cannot prevent Bell's palsy. It's thought to be caused by an infection. You can sometimes get it more than once.

Read more on the NHS website.

Symptoms of Bell's palsy include weakness on 1 side of your face, a drooping eyelid or corner of your mouth.

See a GP if you have:

These are symptoms of Bell's palsy

It's important to see a GP as soon as possible after developing these symptoms because treatment for Bell's palsy is more effective if started early (within 72 hours).

Read more on the NHS website.

Treatment for Bell’s palsy includes a 10-day course of steroids, eyedrops and eye ointment. Treatment should start as soon as possible.

Medical treatments

Treatments for Bell's palsy include:

  • a 10-day course of steroid medicine
  • eyedrops and eye ointment to stop the affected eye drying out
  • surgical tape to keep the eye closed at bedtime

Your GP might prescribe a type of steroid called prednisolone. Treatment with prednisolone should begin within 3 days (72 hours) of the symptoms starting.

Bell's palsy is rare in children, and most children who are affected make a full recovery without treatment.

Read more on the NHS website.

You cannot prevent Bell's palsy. It's thought to be caused by an infection. You can sometimes get it more than once.

Read more on the NHS website.