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Bell Palsy (cont.)

Bell's Palsy Symptoms

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
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/25/2013
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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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