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All You Should Know About Chidi Mokeme’s Bell’s Palsy

Nollywood actor Chidi Mokeme recently opened up on his battle with Bell’s Palsy, a condition that made him take a break from acting.

"Shanty Town" Star Chidi Mokeme Says He Took a Break from Nollywood Because of Bell's Palsy

Bell’s palsy is the most common cause of unilateral facial paralysis.

Research has estimated that Bell’s palsy affects 11–40 persons per 100,000 each year, with peak incidence usually between the ages of 15 and 50 years.

However, pregnant women are said to be three times more likely to experience it than non-pregnant women.


Bell’s palsy, also known as idiopathic facial paralysis (IFP), is a neurologic disorder that causes sudden and temporary weakness or paralysis of the muscles in the face.

It can occur when the nerve that controls your facial muscles becomes inflamed, swollen, or compressed. This condition causes one side of the face to droop or becomes stiff.


This condition occurs when the facial nerve becomes swollen or compressed, resulting in facial weakness or paralysis.

However, the exact cause of this nerve damage is unknown, but it’s believed it’s most likely triggered by a viral infection.

Some studies, however, revealed herpes simplex virus (a common cause of cold sores) as the likely virus that causes most cases of Bell’s palsy.

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These symptoms tend to come on suddenly and reach peak severity within 48 to 72 hours.

These symptoms’ severity varies, from mild symptoms to total paralysis. However, some of the common symptoms include:

  1. Drooling
  2. Difficulty in eating and drinking
  3. Difficulty in pronouncing certain words
  4. Sensitivity to sound
  5. Inability to make facial expressions
  6. Headache
  7. Loss of taste
  8. Facial or ear pain
  9. Ringing in ears (Tinnitus)
  10. Dry eye and mouth


The symptoms improve in most people, and they can full recovery without treatment.

However, there are some treatments that tend to fasten the healing process.

  1. Use of prescribed corticosteroids (anti-inflammatory drugs) to help ease the nerve swelling and help regain facial movement faster.
  2. antiviral medications
  3. prescribed eye drops and eye patch if the eyes are affected.
  4. Massage of the facial muscles
  5. However, in the worst case of Bell’s palsy, functional facial plastic surgery procedures are options for people who don’t recover to help correct facial asymmetry and assist with eyelid closure.


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