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How is Bell's palsy treated?

Most people will recover fully from Bell's palsy without treatment. However, medications that reduce inflammation and swelling and help with eye care can help improve the chance of full recovery, reduce the time it takes for recovery to occur, reduce discomfort or complications while symptoms last. People with long-term Bell's palsy, for whom symptoms are permanent, can be treated by Botox® and surgery.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 19 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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