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What happens to people with bell's palsy?

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Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Several things

Other than the obvious facial weakness causing cosmetic problems there are other things: 1.
Can't close eye - this will dry out the cornea, lead to abrasions and possibly blindness if not treated; 2. Speech difficulty as the lips will be paralyzed and unable to help form sounds; 3. Eating difficulties - along with #2, weak lips will cause food to drip out of the mouth.

In brief: Several things

Other than the obvious facial weakness causing cosmetic problems there are other things: 1.
Can't close eye - this will dry out the cornea, lead to abrasions and possibly blindness if not treated; 2. Speech difficulty as the lips will be paralyzed and unable to help form sounds; 3. Eating difficulties - along with #2, weak lips will cause food to drip out of the mouth.
Dr. Phil Zapanta
Dr. Phil Zapanta
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Dr. John Hoffmann
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Most get better

The vast majority of people with bell's palsy will get better. This may take weeks or months.
Some will have some residual weakness and a few will have permanent paralysis.

In brief: Most get better

The vast majority of people with bell's palsy will get better. This may take weeks or months.
Some will have some residual weakness and a few will have permanent paralysis.
Dr. John Hoffmann
Dr. John Hoffmann
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