Facial Nerve Problems (cont.)

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Can facial nerve problems be prevented?

At one time it was thought that exposure to cold air or a strong wind were predisposing factors leading to idiopathic facial nerve palsy (Bell's palsy); we now know that these ideas were incorrect. As the majority of causes for idiopathic facial nerve problems are unknown, it is difficult to predict with any accuracy specific items to avoid. Choosing a healthy lifestyle to decrease the risk of diabetes, cancer, or infection may help prevent some cases of facial nerve palsy.

Medically reviewed by Jon Glass, MD; Joseph Carcione, DO; American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


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Previous contributing author: Standiford Helm II, MD.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/6/2015

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