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Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from bell's palsy?

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Dr. George Jacobs
Neurosurgery 63 years experience
It varies: There is no specific time for recovery from a bell's palsy. Some patients recover faster then others. There is a small number of patients who never recover but the majority recover eventually.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me what is bell's palsy? How long does it last and how is it treated?

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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Facial nerve droop: Bell's palsy is a paralysis of the facial nerve on 1 side of the face that will normally cause drooping of the side of the mouth. The facial nerve controls moement of the mouth, cheek and eyelid. The paralysis is noticeable. Sometimes it will resolve rapidly and easily or with steroid treatment. It can also sometimes be permanent.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for bell's palsy to heal?

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Dr. Steven Beer
Neurosurgery 33 years experience
Variable course: Bells palsy typically runs its course over 4-12 weeks. Keep in mind however that the condition can remain permanent. Usually the weakness in the face starts rapidly then slowly resolves based on the degree of inflammation within the nerve as well as whether or not intervention has occurred and how much damage was done to the nerve. The earlier recovery starts the better chance of full recovery.

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