If you’ve been diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy, you may be overwhelmed both with the symptoms you are currently suffering as well as what, exactly, having Bell’s Palsy means. While it’s generally self-limiting, Bell’s Palsy patients usually find themselves struggling for ways in which to cope with this condition. In addition to seeing your doctor and working out a treatment plan, there are some simple things that you can do at home to help cope.
Because of the facial paralysis that occurs with Bell’s Palsy, be sure to take your time. Eating and drinking will be quite different for awhile. Take the time to chew your food slowly and completely in order to prevent food falling out of your mouth. Drinking your liquids through a straw will also prevent embarrassing dribble down your chin.
If you have Bell’s Palsy, you’ll notice that you may not be able to close your eye like you used to. You’ll need to take measures to protect your eye. Artificial tears will help to keep your eye moistened, while others have recommended wearing an eye patch – or even close your eye shut with porous tape – every day and especially when you go outside. If your eye becomes too dry, you can damage your cornea. An eye patch is especially recommended at night, when you have no idea what could be getting into your eye – there’s that old weird fact that people swallow spiders in their sleep and you wouldn’t want one of those in your eye!
Another tip for night time that some have found to be helpful is to keep a hot water bottle ready. You may find yourself feeling some discomfort, especially when trying to go to sleep, and many people have said that a hot water bottle helps to ease that discomfort.
You should also be sure to wear a hat that will cover the ear on the affected side. This is to protect your ear from drafts and bursts of cold air, which is especially necessary during cooler weather. While previously you may have been able to feel the cold air and react to it, while one side is paralyzed, you won’t, meaning you won’t be able to protect your ear in time to prevent any sort of damage that may be caused.
Being diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy can be incredibly overwhelming at first. However, with the right treatment plan and these simple tips to help you cope, you should find yourself getting onto a steadier footing.