There are some steps you can take to reduce your chances of developing Bell’s palsy or other neurological disorders. For instance, a healthy diet that includes the addition of vitamin and mineral supplements and avoids caffeine and other stimulants, alcohol and cigarettes—all of which produce stress that can lead to Bell’s palsy in certain individuals—can help, as can avoiding potential food allergens and refined foods. Physical fitness is also important; especially for people who suffer from movement disorders, exercise can help slow disease progression.
If you do start to develop Bell’s palsy, over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen or aspirin can help with pain and inflammation, and the application of moist heat to the affected side can improve symptoms. However, you should still seek advice from your doctor in case there is a more serious underlying cause of the facial paralysis.