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Bell Palsy

Were you looking for information about Bell's Palsy? Bell palsy is a common misspelling of Bell's palsy.
Bell's palsy is a condition that affects approximately 40,000 Americans each year. It is a temporary paralysis that results from damage or trauma to a facial nerve. Most researchers believe that a viral infection, such as viral meningitis or the common cold sore virus (herpes simplex), causes the condition when the facial nerve swells and becomes inflamed in reaction to the infection.
The condition often causes significant facial distortion. Symptoms often strike suddenly and may range in severity from mild weakness to total facial paralysis. A few other symptoms include drooling, dry eye or mouth, and impairment of taste.
Among the tests that your healthcare provider may recommend to diagnose the condition include x-rays, electromyography, and an MRI. Treatment options for Bell's palsy may include medications, physical therapy, and eye protection. Most people with this condition recover completely within three to six months.
(Click Bell's Palsy for a more detailed overview of this form of facial paralysis, including information about conditions that may lead to Bell's palsy, symptoms it may cause, and other treatment options. You can also click on any of the links in the box to the right for more specific information.)
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