Bell's palsy: What is it?

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What is Bell’s palsy?

Bell's palsy is a condition that causes temporary weakness or paralysis of the muscles on one side of the face and is the most common cause of facial paralysis. The condition was named after Sir Charles Bell, who presented three cases at the Royal Society of London in 1829.

It’s most common in people aged between 15 and 60, affecting men and women equally. It’s also more prevalent in pregnant women and those suffering from diabetes and HIV.

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