A syndrome characterized by the acute onset of unilateral facial paralysis which progresses over a 2-5 day period. Weakness of the orbicularis oculi muscle and resulting incomplete eye closure may be associated with corneal injury. Pain behind the ear often precedes the onset of paralysis. This condition may be associated with Herpesvirus 1, Human infection of the facial nerve. (Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, p1376)
Bell's Palsy Association
UK registered charity. Forums and chat, history, treatment, and research.
Drug InfoNet Doctors' Answers to Frequently Asked Questions - Bell's Palsy
Answers to frequently asked questions, for discussion purposes.
eMedicine Health - Bell Palsy
Consumer health resource center providing information on causes, symptoms, and treatment of sudden weakness of one side of the face.
Facial Nerve (VII) Disorders
Neuroanatomy of various syndromes involving paralysis of the seventh cranial nerve.
Facial Nerve Problems and Bell's Palsy
MedicineNet.com's description of the condition including outlines of symptoms and the Herpes virus theory.
Fighting Bells Palsy
A personal story, including what the author is doing to fight to regain his face and helpful links.
Is Tegretol used for Bells Palsy?
The Neurology and Neurosurgery Forum - "ask the doctor" medical forum for patients hosted by Med Help Intl.
LEF Bell's Palsy Information
Abstracts of journal articles covering various aspects of the disease and treatments, compiled by the Life Extension Foundation.
NHS Choices: Bell's Palsy
Provides details of symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment and complications.
Patient: Facial Nerve Palsy
Symptoms, causes, and treatment. Includes references.
Saving Faces: Specialized Surgery helps Patients with Facial Paralysis
Article by Tim Stephens on reconstructive surgery for a patient with facial paralysis. Relevant to the small proportion of people with Bell's palsy who do not regain normal facial movement.
What is Facial Retraining?
A program designed to retrain facial muscles for movement and expression after facial paralysis. Relevant to patients with residuals or incomplete recoveries.
Bell's palsy: Your stories of living with half a smile
BBC readers give their tales of the facial palsy. (November 06, 2012)
Facing the TV cameras with half a smile
A BBC reporter in Shanghai reports on his part-paralysed face. (October 30, 2012)