Dr. Sam Oyer, UVA facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, explains Bell’s palsy and treatment options in The Vital Signs column of The Daily Progress.
“The symptoms of Bell’s palsy come on suddenly. But they can last for up to a year or, in rare cases, indefinitely.
You may experience ear pain or a loss of taste initially, but the most prominent and persistent symptom is facial paralysis or muscle weakness that causes one side of the face to droop. This can make it difficult to close the eye, move the mouth or show expression — not to mention the impact it can have on your appearance….”
To learn more about treatments available for Bell’s palsy and other causes of facial paralysis, visit https://uvahealth.com/services/eye-care/bells-palsy