The Facial Paralysis & Bell’s Palsy Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2009, with the goal to provide support, encouragement, and resources to individuals and families dealing with facial paralysis and Bell’s Palsy.
We are also dedicated to raising awareness of facial paralysis concerns within the medical community, and in society at large.
Bell’s palsy is an unexplained episode of facial muscle weakness or paralysis. It begins suddenly and can worsen over 48 hours. This condition results from damage to the facial nerve (the 7th cranial nerve). Pain and discomfort usually occur on one side of the face or head.
Bell’s palsy can strike anyone at any age. It occurs most often in pregnant women, and people who have diabetes, influenza, a cold, or another upper respiratory ailment. Bell’s palsy affects men and woman equally. It is less common before age 15 or after age 60.
Bell’s palsy is not considered permanent. But in rare cases, it does not disappear. Currently, there is no known cure for Bell’s palsy. Recovery, though, usually begins 2 weeks to 6 months from the onset of the symptoms. Most people with Bell’s palsy recover full facial strength and expression.