Bell’s palsy is an idiopathic facial paralysis due to dysfunction or swelling of the facial nerve. There is currently no known cause of Bell’s palsy, however, it has been linked to viral infections, pregnancy and preeclampsia, stress, and certain autoimmune disorders. Initial symptoms of Bell’s palsy may present similarly to a stroke over the course of 24-72 hours. Symptoms vary individually but may include weakness from mild to total paralysis of facial muscles, changes in taste, dry eyes or excessive tearing, difficulty with speech, or drooling.
It is paramount to speak to a medical professional such as a neurologist as soon as you notice symptoms. To learn more about how Access Neurology can help, please contact our office today.