Facial nerve paralysis means: Paralysis of facial nerves: A loss of voluntary movement in one side or more of the muscles due to an abnormal function of the facial nervous system. The facial nerve paralysis causes characteristic facial features such as a drooping, flapping of the forehead, inability of closing an eye or opening an eye. Facial nerve paralysis can be caused by many conditions, including infection, trauma, inherited disease, tumors and toxins. Bell’s palsy refers to facial nerve paralysis that is not caused by any identifiable factor. Paralysis occurs in the affected side’s muscles. The treatment aims to prevent dryness from the affected eye. Corticosteroid medication may be used to decrease inflammation in the initial weeks. Surgery may be performed to decrease swelling and pressure on affected nerves.
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