A popular singer and reality television star went public with a health diagnosis, using Twitter to reveal the condition to her fans last week. Carnie Wilson, known for her work in the pop group Wilson Phillips and for Food Network’s “Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off” and other reality shows, said she has Bell’s palsy, The Huffington Post reports.
On Thursday Wilson tweeted: “Just wanted you all 2 know that I have Bell’s Palsy on lf side of face right now. Scary, unfortunate, but it goes away. A challenge! Love u.”
Bell’s palsy “affects the nerve that controls the muscle on the side of the face, which weakens the muscle and leads to droopiness, according to the Mayo Clinic,” the story reports.
“Bell’s palsy can happen at any age and is usually temporary for most, according to the Mayo Clinic,” the report adds. “Within a few weeks, symptoms begin to improve and after six months, most have completely recovered. The exact cause for Bell’s palsy is unclear, although it has been linked to exposure to a viral infection.”
The piece notes that actors George Clooney and Pierce Brosnan had Bell’s palsy as kids, and both made full recoveries.
Wilson, 44, said she has been receiving acupuncture treatments, and they have been working, according to the report.