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Symptoms of Bell’s palsy are different in each person. It’s possible to have only mild weakness or total paralysis. Common symptoms include:
Bell’s palsy is caused by a swollen, inflamed, or compressed facial nerve. Doctors don’t exactly know what causes the swelling, but it may be related to other health conditions, such as:
Your healthcare provider will first rule out other medical conditions that may be causing your symptoms. He or she may also order tests to confirm or rule out Bell’s palsy. These tests may include:
Mild cases of Bell’s palsy may not require any treatment. The symptoms may go away on their own in a few weeks and not cause any long-term problems. For more server or complicated cases, the treatment will depend on the symptoms and your overall health. Common treatment options may include:
Bell’s palsy is a condition that occurs when there is temporary facial paralysis because of damage or trauma to the facial nerve. The facial nerve is responsible for making the muscles on one side of the face move, such as when smiling or frowning. When the function of the facial nerve is disrupted, is causes facial weakness or paralysis.
Bell's palsy usually develops over one to three days, and then slowly improves. It is most common in adults in their 40s, but it can happen at any age.