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What is facial palsy treatment?

If you’ve been diagnosed with facial palsy, you will likely make a full recovery. In many cases, no treatment is necessary and symptoms resolve within a few weeks. (In more severe cases, there may be long-term complications.) However, medication or physical therapy may reduce the amount of time you experience symptoms. Corticosteroids, such as prednisone, can help reduce the swelling of the facial nerve caused by some types of facial palsy, including Bell’s palsy. Physical therapy can help prevent muscle contractions caused by the paralysis.

Our approach

The Neuromuscular Center of Northwell Health Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery provides the most advanced diagnosis and treatment for facial palsy. Your team of specialists will consist of a multidisciplinary team of peripheral nerve disorders clinicians including physicians, nurse practitioners, psychological care providers and rehabilitation professionals.

Possible side effects

Side effects of corticosteroids used to treat facial palsy include:

  • Fluid retention
  • High blood pressure
  • Behavioral changes
  • Weight gain
  • Stomach lining irritation /gastric ulcers
  • Osteoporosis
  • Increase in blood sugar

There are more than 100 disorders that affect the nerves and muscles—it’s crucial to get a diagnostic evaluation and a comprehensive treatment plan from experts you can trust.

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