Bell’s Palsy – Symptoms, Causes And Other Risk Factors


Bell's palsy

Bell's palsy is making sudden weakness in your facial muscles. You will be feeling that half of your face appears to droop. Also when you are having this disease, then your smile is on one side and on that side you eye resists closing. This disease is also known as facial palsy. Bell's palsy can occur at any age. The exact reason for this disease is not known.

Most medical experts believe that this disease is caused by the inflammation and swelling on the nerves which are controlling muscles on one side of your face. Also this disease can be caused by viral infection. In most cases this disease is temporary. In these cases symptoms are starting to improve after few weeks and patients are completely recovered after six months. But in some cases there is a chance to get this disease for rest of your life. These cases are rare.

Signs and symptoms of Bell's palsy:

These signs and symptoms can come suddenly. They can include:

  • Drooling
  • Headache
  • Increased sensitivity to sound on the affected side
  • A decrease in your ability to taste
  • You can feel pain around the jaw or you can feel this pain in or behind your ear on the affected side
  • You will see changes in the amount of tears and saliva you produce
  • You will have facial droop and difficulty making facial expressions (such as smiling or closing your eye)
  • Also you can feel rapid onset of mild weakness to total paralysis on one side of your face-this condition can occur within hours to days
  • In some rare cases this disease can affect the nerves of the both sides of your face


The exact reason for this disease is not known. In the most cases is told that the viral infections can be reason for Bell's palsy. Here are viruses which can cause you Bell's palsy:

  • Flu (influenza B)
  • German measles (rubella)
  • Genital herpes and cold sores (herpes simplex)