Symptoms often appear first thing one morning. A person wakes up and finds that one side of their face does not move. The person may find that they suddenly cannot control their facial muscles, usually on one side. The affected side of the face tends to droop.
We are offering the COVID vaccine to eligible patients based on state and federal guidelines, and as supplies allow. Please do not call us for a vaccine appointment. We are notifying patients individually when they can schedule. Create a MyChart account so we can notify you. If facial nerve paralysis occurs suddenly—within hours or days—the cause may be a virus, such as herpes simplex, which causes cold sores, or herpes zoster, also called shingles. A virus can cause inflammation in the seventh cranial nerve, which carries electrical signals between the brain and facial muscles.
Back to Health A to Z. Bell's palsy is temporary weakness or lack of movement affecting 1 side of the face. Most people get better within 9 months. It's important to see a GP as soon as possible after developing these symptoms.
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