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Bell’s Palsy

What is Bell’s Palsy?

It is a sudden weakness or paralysis of the muscles on just one side of the face. The cause is unknown; however, it’s been reported that it could be caused by a viral infection which inflames or damages the nerve that supplies the muscles of that part of the face.

Would I recover fully from Bell’s Palsy?

Most people start improving within two weeks and recover within 3 months to 9 months. A few people do not recover fully and are left with some weakness or paralysis of the muscles on one side of the face. Your GP will recommend you commence physiotherapy immediately to prevent facial muscle contracture while recovery and, in some cases, to aid fast recovery.

How do I know if I have Bell’s Palsy?

You may experience the following:

  • Drooping eyelid or difficulty closing one eye.

  • Difficulty smiling and making facial expressions.

  • Drooping on one side of the mouth.

  • Difficulty eating and drinking.

  • Drooling.

  • Pain or sensitivity around the affected area.

  • Headache.

  • Loss of taste.

  • Changes in the amount of tears or saliva.

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