Ailments & Conditions

Facts about Bell’s Palsy

What Is Bell’s Palsy?

Bell’s palsy is a disorder characterized by temporary paralysis or weakness in the facial muscles. It could happen when the nerve that is responsible for these muscles becomes compressed or inflamed. People with this condition tend to have one side of their face become stiff or droop. This makes it hard to close the eye or smile on the affected part. Most cases of Bell’s palsy only cause temporary symptoms, which often disappear in several weeks. The disorder rarely recurs or lasts during the lifetime. People of all ages can be affected, but it is more prevalent in the group from 16 to 60 years old. [1]