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Bell Palsy (cont.)

Bell's Palsy Self-Care at Home

After examination by a doctor and with proper diagnosis, you can begin facial exercises and stimulation of the facial muscles. These activities might speed your recovery.

  • Relieve minor pain with over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen (Motrin).
  • Keep your droopy eyelid taped shut at night. Keep your eye moist with proper eyedrops (such as methylcellulose type) to prevent drying of the surface of your eye.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/12/2015
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