Bell’s Palsy | Symptoms

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How do I know whether I have Bell’s palsy?

If you have Bell’s palsy, you may have some of the symptoms listed below. Usually, these symptoms affect just one side of your face.

  • Drooping or weakness that makes the face look lopsided
  • Loss of facial expression
  • Twitching
  • Trouble eating or drinking
  • Trouble speaking
  • Total or partial loss of taste
  • Ear pain
  • Sensitivity to sound
  • Inability to close your eye
  • Dry eye

Bell’s palsy symptoms appear quickly, usually reaching their worst in a couple of days. If you have any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor. He or she can tell you whether or not you have Bell’s palsy.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 02/11
Created: 08/09

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