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Bluejay
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« on: 17 September, 2008, 09:38:41 am »

The symptoms appear very suddenly over a period of a few hours. Paralysis is usually complete within 24 hours, although the symptoms can worsen for a few days, but no longer than 2 weeks.
Typically it begins with some earache and pain behind the ear. A tingling sensation on one side of the face and eye discomfort.

At its peak typical symptoms are:

  • Weakness or full paralysis of one side of the face, including the forehead.
  • Inability to close the eye (or a definite weakness to the blink in milder cases), resulting in tearing.
  • Lack of tears.
  • Sensitivity to light.
  • Slurred speech.
  • Inability to whistle.
  • Some facial swelling.
  • Diminished taste sensation (a metallic or salty taste is often reported).
  • Sounds may appear sharper on the affected side (hyperacusis).
  • Some facial numbness may be reported due to interactions from the 5th cranial nerve.
  • The corner of the mouth may droop. This can cause some minor drooling and difficulty with drinking.
  • Runny or blocked nose.
  • Excess or lack of saliva.
  • Ear pain (often behind the ear).
  • A bruised to the touch feeling in particular spots on the face.
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