There is no single treatment for Bell's palsy. The approach should vary from patient to patient depending on the severity of their condition. For mild cases, a therapy can be helpful and no further medication is needed. However, in more severe cases, medical intervention is needed to prevent further damage to the nerves and for faster recovery of the patient. The common medication or treatment for this disorder is the use of antiviral drugs such as acyclovir which is used to fight viral infections. The treatment is commonly combined with an anti-inflammatory drug such as the steroid prednisone which is used to reduce inflammation and swelling. It is noted that these combination is effective in improving facial function by limiting or reducing damage to the nerve. Analgesics such as aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen may also be used to relieve pain. A study conducted by University of Alexandria in Egypt validated the efficacy of using steroids in the treatment of patients with Bell's palsy. The rate of satisfactory recovery in all steroid treated patients was higher (79 of 93 patients) which is 85%. There was also evidence that steroid treatment of Bell's palsy is effective more than 24 hours after the onset of facial paralysis. With these development, more doctors are now using steroids to help patient recover from this disorder.