Bell’s Palsy: What Is It?

A woman touching her faceWhat is Bell’s palsy? Bell’s palsy is a paralysis or weakness of the muscles on one side of your face. Damage to the facial nerve that controls muscles on one side of the face causes that side of your face to droop. Bell’s palsy can occur suddenly, often overnight.

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Who is most likely to be affected by Bell’s palsy?

Bell’s palsy affects about 40,000 people in the United States every year – about 1 in every 65 people. Bell’s palsy is three times more likely to strike pregnant women than non-pregnant women. It is also considered to be four times more likely to occur in diabetics.

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