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what is bells paulsey and how is it treated

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"Bells Palsy" is a condition where one side of the face becomes "paralyzed" causing weakness and obvious facial drooping.

It is thought to come from some sort of inflammation of the facial nerve, the nerve in the head that helps to control the muscles of the face (that make you smile, for example).

About 1 in 60 people will have this happen in their lifetime, so it is relatively common.

While some people feel that giving steroid medications or antiviral medications may help you recover from this more quickly, this is controversial, since there isn't any clear proof that this works. Most often this will recover on it's own (however there is a small percentage of people that are left with permanent weakness.)
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