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Symptoms of Bell's Palsy

Common signs and symptoms of Bell's palsy include twitching, weakness, or paralysis on one or both sides of the face. Most often, these symptoms, which usually begin suddenly and reach their peak within 48 hours, lead to significant facial distortion. Some of the less common Bell's palsy symptoms include pain around the jaw, ringing in one or both ears, loss of taste, and impaired speech.

Signs and Symptoms of Bell's Palsy: An Introduction

Because the facial nerve has so many functions and is so complex, damage to the nerve or a disruption in its function can lead to many problems. Bell's palsy symptoms vary from person to person and range in severity from mild weakness to total paralysis.
 

Common Bell's Palsy Symptoms

Common symptoms of Bell's palsy may include:
 
  • Twitching, weakness, or paralysis on one or both sides of the face
  • Drooping of the eyelid and corner of the mouth
  • Drooling
  • Dryness of the eye or mouth
  • Impairment of taste
  • Excessive tearing in one eye.
     
Most often, these symptoms, which can begin suddenly and reach their peak within 48 hours, lead to significant facial distortion.
 

Other Symptoms of Bell's Palsy

Other symptoms seen with Bell's palsy may include:
 
  • Pain or discomfort around the jaw and behind the ear
  • Ringing in one or both ears (tinnitus)
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste
  • Hypersensitivity to sound on the affected side
  • Impaired speech
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty eating or drinking.
     

Bell's Palsy Symptoms: Final Thoughts

These possible symptoms are not sure signs of Bell's palsy. Other health problems can also cause these symptoms. Anyone with possible symptoms of Bell's palsy should see a healthcare provider. Only a qualified healthcare provider can properly diagnose and treat the problem.
 
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