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Bell's Palsy

Symptoms and Signs of Bell's Palsy

Symptoms of Bell’s palsy come from damage to the facial nerves responsible for contractions of the facial muscles, the production of tears and for conveying taste from the front of the tongue, and while the symptoms vary and range in severity from weakness to total paralysis, common symptoms include:

  • Facial droop, particularly of the eyelid and corner of the mouth
  • Difficulty with facial expressions
  • Increased sensitivity to sound on the affected side of the face, and ringing in one or both ears
  • Headache
  • Decrease in taste
  • Changes in saliva production and drooling
  • Excessive tearing in one eye
  • Impaired speech
  • Twitching, weakness or paralysis on one side of the face
  • Pain or discomfort around the jaw and behind the ear

Symptoms usually appear suddenly and peak within 48 hours or so of onset. 

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