Bell’s Palsy is a form of paralysis or weakness that typically affects one side of the face.

Paralysis can be caused by a number of conditions including stroke, tumor, and Lyme disease. Bell’s Palsy is facial paralysis that isn’t caused by any of those conditions.

The exact cause of Bell’s Palsy isn’t known. We do know it’s a dysfunction of the cranial nerve VII, in the face. Some believe it’s caused by the herpes virus that causes cold sores.

Symptoms of Bell’s Palsy include sudden weakness of paralysis on one side of the face that often occurs overnight. The face appears to droop and the affected person may have trouble controlling the muscles at all, including closing his or her eye. The sense of taste may also be affected.

If you suspect you or someone you know has Bell’s Palsy, it’s best to see a healthcare professional, like the friendly specialists at Orlando ENT. Your Orlando ENT professional will perform a physical and neurological examination.

Without treatment, most people recover within 1-2 months. Your ENT Specialist may prescribe medications such as steroids and/or antivirals to speed the process though. Physical therapy and surgery may be recommended for severe or prolonged cases.


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