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What are the symptoms?

Tuesday, 02 June 2009

Written by : DoctorNDTV Team
Checked by : Dr Chris Allen
Consultant Neurologist,
Cambridge, England

It usually starts with an ache behind one of the ears followed by weakness or paralysis in the facial muscles on the same side. The paralysis or weakness generally starts in the lower face. There may be a decrease in taste, a change in hearing, tears in the eye and the inability to whistle or hold food in the mouth. The severity can vary from a mild weakness to complete paralysis. The severity of the illness is directly proportional to the speed of progression of the symptoms. The development of symptoms can take as little as a few hours (sometimes overnight) to a couple of days.

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