Bell’s Palsy is a paralysis or weakness of the muscles on one side of the face. It commonly occurs overnight and usually gets better within a few weeks. The cause of Bell’s Palsy is not clear but could be due to a viral infection.
Symptoms may include sudden weakness on one side of the face, drooling, eye problems, loss of taste, pain behind ear and numbness on affected side of face. It is important to see a doctor for a physical and neurological exam to determine facial nerve function. Other testing may include blood tests, MRI or CT scan. Treatment may include antibiotics for the inflammation, facial exercises, and eye and mouth care.
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