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bell's palsy

Bell's palsy is an unexplained episode of facial muscle weakness or paralysis that begins suddenly and worsens over a short period of time.  This nerve disorder is more often seen in pregnant women, persons with diabetes, influenza, a cold, or other respiratory ailment.


Symptoms may include:

  • disordered movement of the muscles that control facial expressions
  • loss of feeling in the face
  • headache
  • drooling
  • loss of the sense of taste
  • hypersensitivity to sound

This condition results from damage to the 7th (facial) cranial nerve, and may be accompanied by pain or discomfort on one side of the face and head.


It also may be associated with the following:


Treatment may include:

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