Do You Know the Difference Between Bell's Palsy and Stroke?
Summary: Bell's Palsy looks close to a stroke in symptoms, but is very different. Know the symptoms so you can get appropriate care.Bell's Palsy is an inflammatory condition that affects a specific facial nerve, and causes partial or complete paralysis of the face. The causes are often unknown, but could be due to a virus or even complications from Lyme disease. The symptoms of Bell's Palsy actually look very close to that of stroke. But, in fact, they are very different health concerns. These differences are important to know, so that when you experience either one or the other, you can obtain appropriate care. One significant difference is that while Bell's affects primarily the face, a stroke usually shows weakness in other areas of the body - even if the stroke is realized in facial paralysis. Also, while most stroke victims are aged 45 and over, Bell's Palsy can affect you at any age. Special guest, Dr. Jahan Fahimi, joins Dr. Leigh to explain all of the differences between the two conditions, as well as share information as to what you should do if you are experiencing symptoms.