Bell’s Palsy vs. Stroke: What You Need to Know
Facial paralysis may be related to Bell’s palsy or a stroke. But, it is important to note that Bell’s palsy and stroke are different, and each medical condition must be diagnosed and treated accordingly.
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What Is Bell’s Palsy?
Bell’s palsy causes temporary facial weakness or paralysis on one side of the face.
What Causes Bell’s Palsy?
There is no known cause associated with Bell’s palsy, but the medical condition has been linked to inflammation of the seventh cranial nerve.
What Are the Symptoms of Bell’s Palsy?
Bell’s palsy disrupts the function of the seventh cranial nerve, which may cause one or more of the following symptoms:
- Facial twitching, weakness, and/or paralysis
- Eye and/or mouth dryness
- Excessive tearing
- Drooping at the eyelid and/or corner of the mouth
- Impaired taste
Is Bell’s Palsy Common?
Research indicates Bell’s palsy impacts approximately 40,000 Americans annually. Additionally, Bell’s palsy tends to affect men and women at equal rates.
What Is a Stroke?
A stroke interrupts or limits the flow of blood to the brain. When this happens, brain cells are destroyed.
What Causes a Stroke?
There are two primary reasons why strokes occur: a blocked artery or a leaky or broken blood vessel.
What Are the Symptoms of a Stroke?
A stroke can affect the left and right sides of the brain, and it can cause one or more of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty speaking
- Numbness, weakness, or paralysis on one side of the body
- Blurred or blackened vision
- Trouble walking
Are Strokes Common?
Research indicates stroke is a leading cause of disability among Americans, and it ranks fifth among causes of death in the United States.
How Are Bell’s Palsy and Stroke Diagnosed?
For people who believe they may be dealing with facial paralysis related to Bell’s palsy or a stroke, it is important to:
- Meet with a doctor
- Undergo a medical assessment
- Receive a medical diagnosis
How Are Bell’s Palsy and Stroke Treated?
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