Frequently Asked Questions1. Which doctor should be consulted in Bell's palsy?
A neurologist and an ophthalmologist are the doctors who must be consulted for this condition.
2. Is the condition reversible?
Yes. In most cases after a course of steroids, the symptoms subside although you will need to take precautions like covering your face to avoid exposure to cold.
3. Is Bell's palsy fatal?
No unless there is any underlying condition like trauma to the head or severe diabetes, the condition does not result in death.
4. Will my children be affected?
That is difficult to say since only 4 percent seem to have inherited the condition although no specific link has been established.
5. Will Bell's Palsy happen again?
In most instances Bell's palsy affects an individual only once in their lifetime. It is however believed that about 1 in 10 people who have a Bell's palsy have a further episode sometime several years afterwards.
6. Does Bell's palsy affect any other parts of the body?
No. Bells palsy is a local problem confined to the facial nerve and facial muscles.
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