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Bell's Palsy

Bell's Palsy is a condition thought to be caused by a virus in which one-sided facial paralysis occurs due to inflammation of the facial nerve.

Complications for Bell's Palsy

Associated symptoms include numbness of the face, a sensation that sounds are too loud, pain around the ear, and, infrequently, hoarseness of the voice and swallowing difficulties.

When a facial paralysis occurs, there is an inability to close the eyelids completely. This may leave the cornea of the eye vulnerable to dryness. If the sclera or the non-pigmented part of the eye becomes reddened or there is a sensation of a foreign body in the eye, the cornea is drying. Left untreated, ulcerations may develop and impair vision.

About Dr. Prasad

Dr. Sanjay Prasad MD FACS is a board certified physician and surgeon with over thirty-two years of sub-specialty experience in Otology, Neurotology, advanced head and neck oncologic surgery, and cranial base surgery. He is chief surgeon and founder of the private practice, Metropolitan NeuroEar Group, located in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area.