Facial palsy, also called as bell’s palsy is a facial nerve disorder where the muscles do not receive the necessary signals in order to function properly. Resulting in temporary or permanent paralysis of the affected part of the face, which also can affect the movement of the other parts of the face too.
It is generally seen in people who have undergone a major heart -stroke, severe paralytic attack or a strong family history of nerve disorders.
Listed below are few symptoms of facial palsy:
- Facial pain, ear aches and sensitivity to sound
- Difficulty in speaking and inability to express
- Difficulty in eating or drinking
- Drooling off all the time and muscle twitching
- Dryness of the mouth and eyes
If any of the symptoms is encountered it is advisable to meet a neurosurgeon and follow his/her guidelines for further treatment. Physiotherapy is also advisable in many cases but under a doctor’s recommendation. Vitamin B12 deficiency generally leads to neuro- logical disorders. It is advisable to keep a regular check on vitamin levels to avoid any such kind of disorders related to nerves.
Some dietary guidelines for facial palsy:
- Eat vitamins and minerals rich foods like dry fruits, fruits, and vegetables including green leafy vegetables to reduce the risk of complications.
- Try to include enough fibre in your diet like fruits and raw vegetables (apple, pear, banana, carrots, beans, broccoli etc.).
- Arginine is necessary for viruses for their multiplication. So, try to avoid arginine rich foods like sesame seeds, almonds, hazelnuts, brazil nuts etc.
- Do not drink caffeine, alcohol and avoid smoking.
- Avoid allergic foods. Some foods are there which might cause allergy to your body. Those food items are prawns, brinjal, soya, nuts, sprouts corn etc.
- Do not include any type of junk or processed foods in your daily life which can promote discomfort or weight gain.
Research and study done by The American Academy of Otolaryngology estimate that about 85 percent people suffering from Bell’s palsy will recover on their own, with or without treatment. Steroids and anti-viral medication are also given in few cases.
Consult your doctor or nutritionist and always take the appropriate treatment. Prevention is always better than cure.
WebMD. (n.d.). Brain & Nervous System Health Center. Retrieved from WebMD.