Symptoms of Bell's palsy usually appear suddenly. This condition usually won't affect both sides of the face. If it does, it is called a bilateral form of Bell's palsy.
Symptoms of Bell's palsy may include:
- Numbness, mild weakness or complete paralysis on one side of the face;
- A droopy face on one side, with difficulty making facial expressions, smiling on that side or closing the eye on that side of the face;
- Pain in or behind your ear or around the jaw on the affected side;
- Increased sensitivity to sound;
- Excessive tearing in the eye or dry eye;
- Headache or neck pain;
- Loss of the ability to taste.
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