Symptoms of Bell's Palsy :
- Sudden weakness or paralysis on one side of the face that causes it to droop. This is the main symptom. It may make it hard for to close the eye on that side of the face.
- Eye problems, such as excessive tearing or a dry eye.
- Pain in or behind the ear.
- Loss of ability to taste.
- Numbness in the affected side of your face.
- Increased sensitivity to sound.
Causes of Bell's Palsy :
Temporary weakness or paralysis of the muscles in one side of the face. It is the most common cause of facial paralysis.
Other causes of facial paralysis include:
- Congenital facial palsy – children born with facial weakness.
- Injury from surgery – which is most common during surgery of the parotid gland and neck.
- Injury to the facial nerve in an accident – such as a cut to the cheek or skull base fracture.
Around three in 10 people with Bell’s palsy will continue to experience weakness in their facial muscles, and two in 10 will be left with a more serious long-term problem.
- Persistent facial weakness
- Eye problems
- Difficulty with speech, eating and drinking
- Reduced sense of taste
- Facial muscle twitching