|Bell's Palsy: Facial Droop|
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- Pain behind the ear that is followed by weakness and paralysis of the face
- Ringing sound in the ears
- Slight hearing impairment
- Slight increase in sensitivity to sound on the affected side
- Facial weakness or paralysis, most often on one side
- Numbness just before the weakness starts
- Drooping corner of the mouth
- Decreased tearing
Inability to close an eye, which can lead to:
- Dry, red eyes
- Ulcers forming on the eye
- Problems with taste on one side
- Sound sensitivity in one ear
- Slurred speech
- Long-lasting tightening of the facial muscles
- Tearing from eye while chewing
- Lubricant or eye drops
- Covering and taping your eye closed at night
- An eye patch to keep the eye closed
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National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke http://www.ninds.nih.gov
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Public Health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Rimas Lukas, MD
- Review Date: 08/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/03/2014 -
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