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Bell's Palsy

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As the most common cause of facial paralysis in the world, Bell’s palsy affects about 40,000 Americans each year. Though, in most cases Bell’s palsy doesn’t last long—symptoms usually go away within six months or so. It occurs when there is damage to the facial nerves, which in turn causes the face to droop. If you have symptoms of Bell’s palsy, the experts at Florida Hospital are here to help. Not every case will require treatment—many times Bell’s palsy goes away on its own—but if treatment is necessary, our experienced team, using our cutting-edge facilities, will be able to design a treatment regimen to meet your needs. 

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Bell’s palsy, also called facial palsy, is a sudden weakness of facial muscles on either side of the face. It’s a temporary condition caused by damage to one of a pair of facial nerves that runs beneath each ear to the facial muscles. This damage can cause the face to take on a droopy appearance, which can lead to problems with self-esteem. Bell’s palsy is the most common cause of facial paralysis worldwide, and affects about 40,000 Americans each year—usually individuals between the ages of 15 and 45, and most commonly in pregnant women, people with upper respiratory ailments or diabetes, or individuals with conditions that affect their immune systems, such as HIV or cancer.

Usually, the prognosis for Bell’s palsy patients is very good, though the extent of the nerve damage can affect the extent of their recovery, and improvement is gradual. Whether they receive treatment or not, most patients begin recovering within two weeks of when symptoms first appeared and recover fully within three to six months. However, for a few the symptoms will last longer—and in rare cases symptoms may never completely go away or come back on the same or opposite side of the face. 

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