Who gets Bell’s palsy?
Approximately 40,000 Americans develop Bell’s palsy each year. The National Health Service in the UK reports that about 25 to 35 people out of every 100,000 develop Bell’s palsy each year. It is classed as a relatively rare condition, and more commonly affects those over 15 and under 60 years of age. The condition affects men and women equally, and disproportionately attacks people who have diabetes or upper respiratory ailments such as the flu or a cold. A person might have Bell’s Palsy first thing in the morning. They wake up and find that one side of their face cannot move. If an eyelid is affected, blinking might be difficult. Bell’s Palsy usually starts suddenly.