Facial paralysis is the total loss of voluntary movement of the facial muscles, whereas facial paresis is only partial loss of the facial muscles. Characteristics of facial paralysis include difficulty moving the face, inability to hold water in the mouth, difficulty closing the eyes, along with facial motionlessness and numbness.
Facial paralysis can come on suddenly (in the case of Bell’s palsy, for example) or can happen gradually over a period of months (in the case of a head or neck tumor). Depending on the cause, the paralysis might last a short or extended period of time.
No one knows exactly why Bell’s palsy occurs. It may be related to a viral infection of the facial nerve. The good news is that most patients with Bell’s palsy recover completely in about six months.
Facial paralysis has a major impact on a person’s quality of life. Other symptoms are:
headaches or dizziness
earaches, ringing in one or both ears, and sensitivity to sound
inability to express emotion
difficulty eating or drinking
tearing of the eye
dryness of the eye and mouth
Patients who aren’t able to close their affected eye will need to take extra care to help prevent long-lasting eye damage.
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