8 Most Common Bells Palsy Complications in Adults

Bells Palsy Complications
Bells Palsy Complications

Bells Palsy Complications in Adults

Bells Palsy Complications that occur due to Bell’s palsy is very dependent on nerve damage that occurs. Most people with Bell’s palsy will recover by themselves within a period of nine to ten months. But long-term complications can occur especially if you:

  1. Aged over 60 years.
  2. Experiencing severe pain when the first symptoms appear.
  3. Have total facial paralysis on one side of the face.
  4. Experiencing severe facial nerve damage.
  5. Have hypertension or diabetes.
  6. Is pregnant.
  7. The signs of recovery only start after two months.
  8. Not experiencing signs of recovery after suffering for four months.

Some sufferers of Bell’s palsy will re-experience the disease in the future on the other side of the face. This condition usually occurs when Bell’s palsy is related to genetic factors or derivatives.

Here are some of the long-term complications that could be caused by Bell’s palsy:

  • Weakness of face  About two to three out of ten people with Bell’s palsy will experience permanent facial flaws. Some children are born with paralysis and others suffer from facial weakness after injury to the facial nerve.
  • Speech disorder. This condition arises as a result of damage to the facial muscles of people with Bell’s palsy.
  • Dry eyes and corneal ulcers. Corneal ulcers may appear because the eyelids are too weak to fully close. As a result, the eye protective coatings do not work properly. This condition can cause blindness and eye infections.
  • The sense of feeling is reduced or lost. This condition can occur if the nerve damage can not recover properly. Some also often tear when eating.
  • Facial contractures. This condition occurs when the facial muscles experience tension permanently. Facial defects, narrowed eyes, thickened cheeks, and the line between the nose and mouth grow deeper as a result of contracture of the facial muscles.
  • Eye and mouth syncinesis. This condition arises when the facial nerve grows back in a different way. When eating, laughing, or smiling, the eyes can blink. In severe conditions, the eyes will be completely covered when eating.
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