This medical condition comes on quickly. You may have gone to sleep at night feeling perfectly fine and the next morning you have Bell’s palsy. While the cause of Bell’s palsy is not known, some medical professionals believe it may be associated with the herpes virus that causes cold sores. Generally, the nerve damage is the result of inflammation.
According to WebMD.com, the following is a list of the common symptoms of Bell’s palsy:
- Excessive tearing
- Dry eye
- Loss of taste
- Pain in or behind the ear
- Facial numbness
- Sensitivity to sound
If you think that you might have Bell’s palsy, you should consult with your physician who will be able to make the diagnosis. Your doctor will want to rule out a more serious problem.
Bell’s palsy usually heals within a few weeks and it is rare to have permanent weakness of the facial muscles. If your doctor feels that your condition could have been caused by a virus, he or she may prescribe antiviral drugs. Corticosteroids, which reduce inflammation, are prescribed if the Bell’s palsy resulted from inflammation caused by another disease.
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