Bell Palsy Treatments

Most patients with Bell palsy begin to improve within two weeks and return to normal function within six months. If your symptoms are severe or last longer, your physician may consider treatments including:

  • Steroids to reduce inflammation
  • Over-the-counter analgesics to lessen pain
  • Anti-viral medications to treat underlying viral infection
  • Physical therapy to enhance movement and strengthen muscles
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Acupuncture to treat pain
  • Vitamin therapy
  • Eye protection and drops to treat dry eye and avoid scratching of the cornea

Surgery is rarely used to lessen compression of the nerve.


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Bell’s Palsy Fact Sheet*
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