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How long do the symptoms of Bell's palsy last?

The symptoms of Bell's palsy can start to improve within weeks or months. In some cases it can take up to a year to make a complete recovery. However, there may be long-term complications that affect about one in ten people. These can include permanent contraction of facial muscles, eye damage, speech difficulties and an altered sense of taste.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 19 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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