What are the early signs and symptoms of Bell palsy (idiopathic facial paralysis) (IFP)?

Updated: Jun 14, 2019
  • Author: Danette C Taylor, DO, MS, FACN; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Answer

Early symptoms include the following:

  • Weakness of the facial muscles

  • Poor eyelid closure

  • Aching of the ear or mastoid (60%)

  • Alteration of taste (57%)

  • Hyperacusis (30%)

  • Tingling or numbness of the cheek/mouth

  • Epiphora

  • Ocular pain

  • Blurred vision


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