Bell’s palsy is a temporary paralysis of the facial nerves. It’s a scary experience to wake up and realize that half your face is numb, your eye is drooping, the corner of your mouth won’t respond. Sometimes there is pain, too.
The cause of Bell’s palsy is unknown. Standard treatment is steroids to reduce inflammation and pain. These don’t restore function, only set the stage for eventual healing. There is no medication that cures it. The good news is that for most people, the paralysis will resolve over 3-6 months.