Bell’s Palsy is a sudden onset of facial muscle weakness that can appear as a facial droop on one side or difficulty closing an eye. This is typically a temporary occurrence that can last from a few weeks up to months. It is possible for some symptoms to last for a lifetime.
The cause of Bell’s Palsy is not clear. However, it is linked to viral infection that can cause inflammation around the facial nerves. This leads to the facial paralysis, difficulty making facial expressions, difficulty closing an eye, possible increase in tear or saliva production. It is believed to be due to a swelling of the nerve that controls the muscles of the face. Many people are afraid they are having a stroke, but if the weakness or paralysis only affects the face, it is more likely to be Bell’s palsy.
Quick treatment can be very effective for a full recovery.
If you have been diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy, please come see us for a free consultation to see how we can assist you in your recovery. To request an appointment, click here, or call directly to one of our three locations during regular business hours:
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