What is Bell’s Palsy
Bell’s Palsy is a neurological disease that affects the facial nerve (facial), causing paralysis of muscles of one side of the face, so the face becomes asymmetric, because one side of the face seemed to sag / oblique. Only one side of the patient’s face that can smile, and besides, only one eye that can close completely.
The cause of Bell’s Palsy is not known for certain, but some sources say that the cause of Bell’s Palsy is a nerve inflammation processes that control the muscles of the one side of the face. There are also saying that nerve damage is the result of a viral infection.
Bell’s Palsy can occur in all age groups, both men and women. In most people, these nerve paralysis is temporary, that is for a few days to several weeks, and can be recovered after approximately 6 months. However, there are also some cases where the facial nerve paralysis occurs permanently lifetime.
Symptoms of Bell’s Palsy in general:
- Sudden weakness or paralysis on one side of your face that causes it ti droop. This is the main symptom. It may take it hard for you to close your eye on that side of your face.
- Eye problems, such as excessive tearing or a dry eye
- Loss of ability to taste
- Pain in or behind your ear
- Numbness in the affected side of your face
- Increased sensitivity to sound
Complications that may occur in patients with Bell’s Palsy are:
- Facial nerve damage that can not be recovered back to normal.
- Nerve growth that is not as it should be, causing uncontrolled movements of the face.
- Partial or total blindness due to dryness of the eye that can not be shut down and damage to the cornea dry.
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