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Carnie Wilson battling Bell's palsy - 5 facts

03/18/2013 by Corinne Heller

Carnie Wilson has revealed that she has contracted Bell's palsy, a form of facial paralysis.

The 44-year-old singer of the trio Wilson Phillips, who recently appeared on the Food Network reality show "Rachael Vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-off," announced the news on Twitter on March 13 and said she is using acupuncture to treat her ailment.

"Just wanted you all 2 know that I have Bell's Palsy on lf side of face right now," she Tweeted. "Scary, unfortunate, but it goes away. A challenge! Love u."

"Ps Who believes in Acupuncture? I'm treating my Bell's Palsy with it. IT'S WORKING," she said a day later, adding: "Today better. Xoxo to you al!!! (sic)"

Check out 5 facts about Bell's palsy, according to the National Institutes of Health.

1. What is it?

In a person suffering from Bell's palsy, the facial nerve, located in the skull under the ears, stops functioning properly, resulting in weakness or a paralysis in their face, usually on one side.

2. What causes it?

Many experts believe a viral infection can spur the ailment.

3. Who is prone to contracting it?

People of both genders between ages 15 and 60 are most likely to contract it, espcially if they have diabetes or upper respiratory illnesses. Wilson, who has battled with her weight for years and underwent two weight loss surgeries, discovered in 2011 that she was borderline diabetic.

4. What are the symptoms?

Symptoms include impaired speech, dizziness and difficulty in consuming food or drink. They sometimes subside within a couple of weeks without treatment.

5. What are the treatments?

Wilson is doing the right thing -- acupuncture is among the possible treatments for Bell's palsy, which also include medications such as steroids and over-the-counter pain relievers.

(Pictured above: Carnie Wilson attends "An Evening With Women" on May 19, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.)

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