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||21%||Unlikely|
|Lyme Disease||4%||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
The cause of Bell's palsy is not clear, but most cases are thought to be caused by the herpes virus that causes cold sores.
Bell's Palsy has been known to be both an early and late symptom of Lyme Disease.