The Signs of Facial Nerve Disorders
When over 50% of facial nerve fibers are disrupted, the facial muscles can’t respond normally. This condition creates a facial nerve disorder. For instance, nerve fibers have electrical impulses that tell the facial muscles to create expressions that indicated emotions like crying, laughing, frowning. These facial nerves also carry nerve impulses to tear glands, saliva glands, and other areas of the face. When you have a , you may experience any or all of the following symptoms.
Facial nerve disorder symptoms
You might have a facial nerve disorder if you experience twitching, dry mouth or dry eyes, loss of taste, difficulty speaking, dribbling when eating or drinking, ear pain, weakness or paralysis in the face, or twitching.
What can be done?
If you experience any of the aforementioned symptoms, consider arranging an appointment with Coastal Ear, Nose, & Throat to have some specific testing done. The following tests may be administered depending on the symptoms you exhibit: a hearing test, balance test, tear test, imaging CT, or electrical test. The results of these tests will inform your doctor about the best way to treat your facial nerve disorder.
If your facial nerve disorder is due to an infection, then an antibiotic may be used. If swelling is the reason behind your facial nerve disorder, steroids may be prescribed. If you have permanent facial paralysis, you can undergo any of the following rehabilitation procedures: eyelid weights or springs, chemical injection to weaken the paralysis, facial retraining, physical therapy, nerve substitutions, or muscle transfers.
How to aid your recovery
In addition to prescribed treatments, you can also exercise your face muscles, massage the face, apply light heat to help diminish pain, use doctor prescribed artificial tears, tape the eye closed when sleeping, or use your finger to close your eye fully for brief periods of time.
Arrange an appointment
At Coastal Ear, Nose, & Throat we want to help you address your facial nerve disorder. Don’t hesitate to call our office today. You can reach us at 732-280-7855. We look forward to assisting you!