Bell’s Palsy (also known as “Facial Paralysis”) is a result of paralysis of the facial nerve that controls the muscles that form our facial expression, move our eyelids, and the muscles of the forehead and neck. This condition can be temporary as well as permanent. It affects people of all ages and genders, equally. Although two-sided paralysis is possible, Bell’s Palsy normally only affects one side of the face, causing to have a droopy appearance.
What Causes Facial Paralysis?
It can be hard to pinpoint exactly what cause an individual’s facial paralysis. Some factors that have been linked to Bell’s Palsy are:
- Herpes simplex virus (HSV)
- Birth trauma
- Temporal bone fracture
- Facial trauma
- Acute middle ear infection
- Mumps, mononucleosis, Lyme disease, and tuberculosis,
- Exposure to certain toxins
- Certain tumors
- Multiple sclerosis
With all these causes, you can understand why it’s sometimes hard to know exactly which condition is the culprit for Bell’s Palsy.
When Should You be Seen by an Expert?
If you start noticing that you aren’t able to do certain things with your face that you once were, then you should see a doctor for a consultation. Bell’s Palsy can begin to show itself in the smallest of ways like with the inability to smile, laugh, blink, wink, or close your eyes.
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Posted on Behalf of Kami Parsa, M.D.