Green Bay Packers’ Wynn Suffering From Bell's Palsy

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Dr. Babak Azizzadeh, a facial paralysis and Bell's palsy expert, shares his opinion.

The Facial Paralysis Institute

The Facial Paralysis Institute

The treatment of Bell’s palsy varies depending on the time and presentation. If someone develops facial paralysis they need to immediately be evaluated,

According to Fox Sports, “Jarius Wynn of the Green Bay Packers is not only battling for a regular spot on the defensive line of an NFL team during minicamp, he is also battling with an off-field health issue: Bell's palsy.”

According to this report from Fox Sports, Wynn had dinner with a couple of teammates a couple of weeks ago. All of a sudden, Wynn’s left eye began to water. When he went to the bathroom to take a closer look, he realized the eye would not close. He met with the Packers’ training staff and was immediately sent to a specialist, who diagnosed him with a mild case of Bell's palsy.

“The treatment of Bell’s palsy varies depending on the time and presentation. If someone develops facial paralysis they need to immediately be evaluated,” says facial paralysis specialist Dr. Babak Azizzadeh.

Bell's palsy is a paralysis or weakness of the muscles on one side of the face. Damage to the facial nerve that controls muscles on one side of the face causes that side of the face to droop. The nerve damage may also affect an individual’s sense of taste and the production of tears and saliva. The condition comes on suddenly, often overnight.

Wynn was prescribed an antibiotic and a light steroid, and is expected to make a full recovery within six to seven weeks. He is also wearing a dark visor in his helmet now, but is not otherwise limited in practice.

“For Bell’s palsy, the patient needs to be treated immediately with steroids as well as antiviral medications. It is imperative that these medications get started immediately. It is also incredibly important to provide eye protection, as in the case with Wynn,” says Dr. Azizzadeh.

Dr. Babak Azizzadeh is a renowned Beverly Hills facial plastic surgeon, recognized as a Top Doctor by the US News & World Report. Since his extensive and prestigious training at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Azizzadeh has helped countless people with facial paralysis and Bell's palsy. Dr. Azizzadeh is the director of the Facial Paralysis Institute and founder of the non-profit Facial Paralysis & Bell's Palsy Foundation. He is the principle investigator of facial nerve regeneration project at Cedars-Sinai and the author of five bestselling books, including the definitive facial paralysis textbook entitled “Slattery Facial Nerve.”

Dr. Azizzadeh is trained in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, as well as Head & Neck Surgery, giving him a distinctive insight into facial nerve function and facial aesthetics. He has been recognized for his work on several occasions, and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show for his expertise in facial nerve reconstruction. Dr. Azizzadeh is also the director of the USC Facial Plastic Fellowship Program as well as the Cedars-Sinai Multispecialty Plastic Surgery Symposium.

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