To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of Bell's palsy we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors. We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow Bell's palsy symptoms to develop?"
Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind Bell's palsy consists of three steps:
|Herpes Simplex Type I||16%||Unlikely|
|Stroke Risk**||2%||Ruled out|
Do you suffer from Bell's Palsy (facial muscle droop - one-sided facial paralysis)?
Possible responses:→ No / don't know
→ I think I might have it
→ Yes, slightly
→ Yes, significantly
→ Yes, I am severely affected
Bell's Palsy has been known to be both an early and late symptom of Lyme Disease.
A facial paralysis that has resulted from a stroke is sometimes misdiagnosed as Bell's palsy.