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What is facial paralysis?

Facial paralysis is a medical condition that is caused due to a damage to the facial nerves, thereby, rendering the patient unable to make facial movements to make expressions, to eat or to talk.

What are its main signs and symptoms?

The common signs and symptoms of facial paralysis include;

  • Inability to close eyelids or blink
  • Inability to move the face
  • Drooping of the mouth
  • Inability to maintain the balance of facial structures
  • In case of facial paralysis, the person is unable to raise eyebrows
  • Difficulty in talking and eating (Read more: Difficulty speaking causes)
  • Difficulty in overall facial movements

Due to the inability to convene basic functions using the face, it generally ends up isolating the patient. Therefore, it is very important to follow-up in the treatment to see effective results.

What are its main causes?

Facial paralysis can occur suddenly or it can happen gradually. Some of the common causes of facial paralysis include:

It can occur due to other reasons as well such as;

  • Injury of the face
  • Infection with Lyme disease (bacterial disease transmitted to humans by ticks)
  • Infection with viruses
  • Autoimmune diseases like vasculitis
  • Inaccurately performed dental procedures that damage some facial nerve
  • In rare cases, babies upon birth can also be affected with facial paralysis (which recovers later )

How is it diagnosed and treated?

If you happen to experience any of the above-mentioned signs and symptoms, you must book an appointment with your doctor immediately. Numbness and weakness in the face can be considered important early symptoms of facial paralysis.

The doctor will examine physically both sides of your face. He/she will also ask you questions about your recent health problems and injuries. Then he/she may decide and ask you to get some important tests and diagnostic procedures done. These may include:

  • Blood tests (to check for blood sugar levels)
  • Lyme test
  • Electromyography (EMG) to study the nerve and muscle pattern
  • CT scan/ MRI of the head

Upon effective diagnosis of the disease, the doctor, upon considering different parameters (such as patient age, cause, and severity of the disease) shall prescribe you relevant treatment options which broadly include:

  • Physical/ speech therapy
  • Facial muscle training therapy
  • Biofeedback training to improve the control of the facial muscles
  • Plastic surgery in case of physical damage to the face and to assist the closing of the eyes
  • Specific medications for underlying causes such as high blood pressure too maybe needed.
  1. Medicines for Facial Paralysis
  2. Doctors for Facial Paralysis
Dr. Swati Narang

Dr. Swati Narang

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Dr. Megha Tandon

Dr. Megha Tandon

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Dr. Shakti Mishra

Dr. Shakti Mishra

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Medicines for Facial Paralysis

Medicines listed below are available for Facial Paralysis. Please note that you should not take any medicines without doctor consultation. Taking any medicine without doctor's consultation can cause serious problems.

Medicine NamePack SizePrice (Rs.)
DispredDispred 0.1% Eye Drop29.0
EmsoloneEmsolone 10 Mg Tablet21.0
KidpredKidpred Syrup25.0
MethpredMethpred 125 Mg Injection250.0
OmnacortilOmnacortil 10 Mg Tablet Dt9.0
Omnacortil ForteOmnacortil Forte 15 Mg Oral Suspension44.0
Prednisolone Acetate (Alcon Lab)Prednisolone Acetate 1% Drop66.0
Prednisolone Acetate (Aller)Prednisolone Acetate 10 Mg Suspension66.0
PredonePredone 1% Eye Drop29.0
Sol U PredSol U Pred 1 Gm Injection1042.0
WysoloneWysolone 10 Mg Tablet Dt14.0
ActicortActicort 10 Mg Tablet9.0
AdredAdred 20 Mg Tablet27.0
Apred(Acron)Apred 5 Mg Tablet4.0
ApredApred Drops35.0
AquapredAquapred 1% Eye Drops40.0
DefsoneDefsone 30 Mg Tablet299.0
DelsoneDelsone 10 Mg Tablet9.0
ElpredElpred Forte 15 Mg Syrup75.0
EmosolinEmosolin 5 Mg Tablet9.0
GopredGopred 1% Eye Drops37.0
Immupress D30Immupress D30 Tablet180.0
Immupress D6Immupress D6 Tablet40.0
KazipredKazipred Eye Drops36.0
LancepredLancepred 40 Mg Tablet24.0
MednisolMednisol 1 Gm Injection1131.0
MonocortilMonocortil 10 Mg Tablet6.0
Mpa(Chn)Mpa 80 Mg Injection82.0
MpssMpss 1 Gm Injection942.0
NisoloneNisolone 10 Mg Tablet9.0
NoloneNolone 16 Mg Tablet90.0
NucortNucort 0.5 Mg Drop11.0
Pcort (Pharmtak)Pcort 10 Mg Tablet7.0
PcortPcort Eye Drops10.0
P D NP D N Drop17.0
PednisolPednisol 10 Mg Tablet7.0
P LoneP Lone 1% W/V Eye Drop16.0
Pred AcetatePred Acetate Drop66.0
PredcipPredcip 5 Mg Tablet5.0
PreddiPreddi 5 Mg Tablet3.0
Pred FortePred Forte 1% W/V Eye Drop35.0
PredicortPredicort 10 Mg Tablet9.0
PredlyPredly 1% Eye Drop26.0
PrednijPrednij 5 Mg Tablet4.0
Prednij FortePrednij Forte 10 Mg Tablet8.0
PredninPrednin 1% Eye Drops40.0
Prednin APrednin A 1% Eye Drops16.0
PrednisafePrednisafe 1% Eye Drops28.0
Prednisolone Forte (Allergen)Prednisolone Forte Drops98.0
PredniwaPredniwa 1% Eye Drops29.0
PrednolonePrednolone 5 Mg Tablet6.0
PredsPreds 1% Drops19.0
PredsolPredsol 10 Mg Eye Drops35.0
PrendicarePrendicare 16 Mg Tablet116.0
PresolonPresolon 1% Drop10.0
RaycortRaycort 1%W/V Eye Drops66.0
RenisolRenisol 1% Drops8.0
SancortSancort 10 Mg Tablet8.0
SanpredSanpred 1% Eye Drops32.0
SiopredSiopred 1% Drops35.0
SodipredSodipred 1000 Mg Injection880.0
SolonSolon 10 Mg Tablet66.0
SolumarkSolumark 1000 Mg Injection1271.0
XtrapredXtrapred 0.25% Drops17.0
ZenpredZenpred 1 Gm Injection895.0
AnesolinAnesolin 30 Mg Injection60.0
CerucleanCeruclean Drop29.0
Engatt PEngatt P Eye Drops62.0
M PredM Pred 4 Mg Tablet45.0
PrecortPrecort 5 Mg Tablet85.0
PredinsolnePredinsolne Drops93.0
Prednisolone OpthoPrednisolone Optho Suspension43.0
4 Quin Pd4 Quin Pd 0.5% W/V/1% W/V Eye Drop76.92
Apdrops PdApdrops Pd 0.5% W/V/1% W/V Eye Drop26.0
CombaceCombace 0.5%/1% Eye Drops12.91
Mo 4 PdMo 4 Pd Ear Drop90.0
MoxipredMoxipred Eye Drops14.57
Moxigram PMoxigram P Eye Drop13.65
Occumox POccumox P Eye Drop19.75
Aquapred OAquapred O 0.3%/1% Eye Drops45.91
ExopredExopred 0.3%/1% Eye Drop46.8
Ofelder PaOfelder Pa 0.3%/1% Drops18.17
Oflo POflo P 3 Mg/10 Mg Eye Drops11.18
Ofray POfray P 0.3%/1% Eye Drops49.0
OmepredOmepred 0.3%/1% Eye Drops12.9
OploneOplone 0.3%/1% Eye Drops42.2
PredfaxPredfax 0.3%/1% Eye Drops10.36
Preds OPreds O 0.3%/1% Eye Drops42.0
ZypredZypred 0.3%/1% Eye Drop15.0
OcepredOcepred Eye Drop13.36
Gatiquin PGatiquin P 0.3% W/V/1% W/V Eye Drop94.0
PredzyPredzy 3 Mg/10 Mg Eye Drops60.0
Gatsun PGatsun P 0.3%/1% Drops12.84
Siogat PSiogat P 0.3%/1% Eye Drops55.53
Zengat PZengat P Eye Drops13.1
Z PredZ Pred 0.3%/1% Eye Drops51.25
Gate PdGate Pd 3 Mg/10 Mg Eye Drops25.9
Gate P PGate P P 3 Mg/10 Mg Eye Drops28.35
Mlobe PdMlobe Pd Eye Drop90.0
OrecureOrecure Ear Drops59.7
P.ColP.Col Drops25.0
PerfocynPerfocyn Ear Drop13.03
Ossilex AcOssilex Ac Drops21.87

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