What is Bell’s palsy?
Bell’s palsy is a condition in which a person experiences weakness or paralysis of the muscles in one side of their face.
What causes Bell’s palsy?
The exact cause of Bell’s palsy is unknown but it is thought to occur when the nerve that controls the facial muscles becomes compressed. This could be due to inflammation of the nerve, possibly from a viral infection.
What are the symptoms of Bell’s palsy?
The symptoms of Bell’s palsy vary. Some people experience mild muscle weakness whereas others have complete paralysis. It may also be difficult to open and close the mouth and eyelids. In rare cases both sides of the face are affected.