What does sarcoidosis have to do with Bell's palsy?

Sarcoidosis is a disease that happens mainly to people of Scandinavian or African-American descent. In sarcoidosis, groups of inflammatory cells, called granulomas, develop. These granulomas affect different organs; when they affect the lungs, they make it difficult to breathe. Sarcoidosis isn't directly related to Bell's palsy, but some of its symptoms, such as facial paralysis, are similar to Bell's palsy. This is why you may hear your doctor mention sarcoidosis at time of diagnosis.

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Bell's Palsy

It happens suddenly when one side of your face gets weak and droopy. You think you might be having a stroke, but it's only your face, and a stroke would affect more than that. This condition is called Bells palsy, and the good new...

s is that in most people it only lasts a few months. We don't know what causes this paralysis, which can get worse in the first day or two, and is usually not painful. It's been associated with the virus that causes the common cold (herpes simplex), diabetes and people getting over a virus. There is no specific treatment, and it generally (but not always) gets better.

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