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Bell Palsy (cont.)

What Are Bell's Palsy Symptoms?

Patient Comments

The symptoms commonly develop over hours or days. Men and women are affected equally. The most common symptoms are these:

  • Weakness or complete paralysis of an entire side of the face
  • An eyelid droop
  • Drooling from the affected side of the mouth
  • Pain around the ear
  • Feeling of fullness or swelling to the affected side of the face
  • Impaired sensation of taste or hearing
  • Inability to wrinkle forehead
  • Contour of smile affected

When to Seek Medical Care for Bell's Palsy

All episodes of facial weakness or paralysis should be immediately examined by a doctor to rule out the possibility of a stroke. If you have had a previous episode of Bell's palsy and have another similar episode, you should again be examined to rule out other more serious causes of the facial weakness. Other causes of facial weakness can include these conditions:

If you have any difficulty with speech (slurred speech or change in speed of your conversation), arm or leg weakness, numbness, tingling, or difficulty with balance or walking, call 911 or go to a hospital's emergency department.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/29/2016
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Bell palsy, more appropriately known as idiopathic facial paralysis (IFP), is believed to be a virally mediated cranial neuritis affecting the facial nerve due to reactivation of the herpes simplex virus (HSV).

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