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Facial Palsy is not Paralysis!

Facial Palsy is not Paralysis!

Bell's palsy or a facial palsy which causes sudden weakness or paralysis on one half of the face is not associated with stroke, and most people recover completely, it's still advisable to seek emergency care to confirm a diagnosis and start treatment, which can up the odds of full recovery.

The disorder is often related to a viral infection. The nerve that controls facial muscles passes through a narrow corridor of bone on its way to the face. If the nerve becomes inflamed or swollen, typically due to a viral infection, it can become compressed, irritated and injured in this narrow pathway. The result is Bell's palsy.