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Bell's palsy


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The main symptom of Bell's palsy is weakness or not being able to move 1 side of your face. Other symptoms include drooling and a dry or watering eye.

Treatments for Bell's palsy include steroid medicine, and eye drops or ointment to stop your eye drying out.

Most people recover from Bell's palsy within 6 months, though it can take longer. Sometimes it can have long-lasting effects.

Bell's palsy is temporary weakness or lack of movement that usually affects 1 side of your face. Most people get better within 6 months.

Page last reviewed: 04/07/2023
Next review due: 04/07/2026