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Video: 7 Signs That You Could Be Suffering From Facial Paralysis
What is a facial paralysis? It is an acute syndrome that affects the facial nerve, causing temporary weakness or paralysis in the muscles of the face. It begins in the cerebral cortex, ending in the motor plates of the muscles. It is when an injury occurs somewhere along the nerve path that cerebral palsy occurs.
According to Dr. Cristina Aubá, from the University of Navarra Clinic, there are multiple causes that cause an alteration of the facial nerve. Some of them are of internal origin, while others are of an external nature. 80% of cases occur without apparent cause and are better known as Bell's palsy.
Among the internal causes are tumors, strokes or cerebral vascular malformations. They can also cause head injuries, metabolic diseases, viral and bacterial infections.
What are the most frequent symptoms that alert you that you could have facial paralysis?
1.Intense pain in the facial region.
2. It sets in a few hours and worsens during the first 24 to 48 hours.
3. Asymmetry occurs due to lack of mobility on one side of the face. You have an inability to smile normally, as well as to close your eye, disturbances in lacrimation and speech.
4. Difficulty raising the eyebrow, nasal breathing disturbances and accumulation in the back of the mouth.
5. Constant drooling.
6. Difficulty smiling, grimacing, or making facial expressions.
7. Impossibility to eat and drink.
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A facial paralysis can develop easily if you are undergoing certain everyday situations like:
1.Stress: When you expose yourself to worries, blood pressure increases. Stress is a way for your mind and body to react to a threat. When you have it, you feel stomach upset, inability to concentrate, insomnia, headache, anxiety, and mood swings.
2. Infections: Like meningitis or the common cold, it causes the facial nerve to become inflamed, causing heart attacks.
3. Migraine: The American Academy of Neurology indicates that suffering from this headache doubles the risk of this disease in the nervous system.
4. Diabetes: Cerebral vascular accidents; that is, the cessation or decrease in blood flow to a part of the brain due to the rupture of a blood vessel.
Vascular strokes are divided into heart attacks (tissue deaths) and brain hemorrhages. The first is caused by clogging of the arteries, since fats such as cholesterol accumulate on the walls of the organs. And in the case of strokes, it is because a clot forms in an artery, which prevents blood flow.
The information provided here does not replace the medical consultation of a specialist. If you have symptoms similar to those mentioned in this information, visit the doctor.