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Why do people with Bell's palsy often get tested for Lyme disease?

Lyme disease, an illness spread by ticks, has some symptoms that are similar to those of Bell's palsy. The kind of facial paralysis people involved may appear to be the same, in both cases. Because Lyme disease is usually confirmed through blood tests, your doctor will order these if there is a possibility that you have Lyme disease instead of Bell's palsy. You may also have be submitted to other tests to make sure that you do not have conditions that are not either one of these conditions.

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