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Can you recover from bell's palsy?

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Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
It is possible: It is possible to fully recover from bell's palsy (facial nerve paralysis). Sometimes this happens spontaneously without any medical treatment and other times outcomes are better if your doctor gives you medication (steroids and antivirals). Not infrequently, on closer examination of your facial muscles, your doctor (and you) may notice subtle weaknesses in your face. Others may not notice this.
Dr. John Hoffmann
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Yes, most do: Most people who get bell's palsy do recover normal facial movement although it may take months. Some will get no return of facial movement and some will get partial movement back and perhaps even extra strong facial movements.

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A 58-year-old member asked:

What is bells palsy?

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Dr. Brian Flyer
Internal Medicine 40 years experience
Bell's palsy: Acute paralysis of the 7th cranial nerve eyelid won't close and one side of face droops thought to be due to a virus infection or immune response to such. Typically, resolves completely, but Prednisone speeds the resolution.

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Last updated Oct 3, 2016

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