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The term “numbness” is often used to describe a loss of feeling or a loss of sensation in the face and extremities. However, numbness is not the same as loss of sensation. Numbness is the absence of feeling. Loss of sensation, on the other hand, refers to the diminished or loss of sensitivity to sensation.

Numbness of the face is a symptom of several conditions. Conditions that may cause numbness of the face include:

  • Bell’s palsy. This condition is usually caused by a viral infection in the face. It affects the facial nerve. The facial nerve transmits sensation from your face to your brain. The facial nerve is most commonly affected by a viral infection.
  • Head trauma. Trauma to the head usually results in a temporary loss of feeling. This is a sign of a concussion.
  • Stroke. A stroke is a medical condition that affects the blood flow to your brain. The symptoms of a stroke include numbness on one side of your body, sometimes called a “left” or “drooping” arm or leg.
  • Brain tumor. A brain tumor is a growth of abnormal cells. These tumors can cause a loss of feeling on one side of your face or body.
  • Migraine. Migraine is a nervous system disorder that causes severe pain in one or both sides of the head.
  • Meniere’s disease. Meniere’s disease is a chronic disorder that causes an inner ear infection in one ear. The symptoms include hearing loss, tinnitus, and ringing in the ears.
  • Tumors. Tumors can grow on the brain, causing a loss of feeling in the face, head, and neck.
  • Multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis is a progressive disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. The symptoms include numbness and weakness of the hands and feet.
  • Migraine with aura. Migraine with aura is a rare complication of migraine. It causes an aura, or warning sign, before the migraine. Aura symptoms include numbness, tingling, or vision changes.

What causes numbness of the face?

Bell’s palsy

Bell’s palsy is an inflammation of the nerve that supplies the face with sensation. It usually affects only one side of the face. In most cases, Bell’s palsy is caused by a viral infection, such as mumps or chickenpox.

Head trauma

Head trauma can cause a loss of feeling on one side of the face. It is also called a concussion. It is a common occurrence.

Stroke

A stroke is a blockage in the blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the brain. The symptoms of a stroke include numbness and weakness on one side of the face.

Brain tumor

A brain tumor is a growth of abnormal cells. These tumors can cause a loss of feeling in the face, head, and neck.

Migraine

Migraine is a nervous system disorder that causes severe pain in one or both sides of the head.

Meniere’s disease

Meniere’s disease is a chronic disorder that causes an inner ear infection in one ear. The symptoms include hearing loss, tinnitus, and ringing in the ears.

Tumors

A tumor is a growth of abnormal cells. These tumors can cause a loss of feeling in the face, head, and neck.

Multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a progressive disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. The symptoms include numbness and weakness of the hands and feet.

How is numbness of the face diagnosed?

Your doctor will diagnose the cause of your numbness by performing a physical examination and reviewing your medical history.

If you have a Bell’s palsy, your doctor will perform a physical examination and ask you how long you have had symptoms.

If you have a stroke, the doctor will perform a physical examination. The doctor will ask you how long you have had symptoms. They will also ask you about your symptoms before the stroke.

If you have a tumor, the doctor will perform a physical examination. The doctor will ask you what symptoms you have and if you have any of the following:

  • A headache
  • A loss of balance
  • Trouble speaking
  • Trouble seeing
  • Confusion
  • Double vision
  • Double hearing
  • Weakness or numbness of the face, arm, or leg

If you or your doctor suspects that you have a tumor, they may ask you to do a lumbar puncture. During the lumbar puncture, your doctor removes a sample of your spinal fluid.

How is numbness of the face treated?

Your doctor will recommend treatment based on the cause of your numbness. For example, if you are having a stroke, you will need to have a procedure to restore blood flow to your brain, such as a carotid artery stent (carotid artery stent).

If you are having a tumor, your doctor will recommend treatment based on the type of tumor. For example, if your tumor is cancerous, you may need surgery to remove it.

Numbness of the face is a frequent symptom of migraine. Some people with migraine report that their attacks are less severe if they use oral contraceptives. Oral contraceptives help prevent migraine attacks by preventing the formation of the hormone estrogen.

How can I prevent numbness of the face?

There are several ways to prevent numbness of the face.

For Bell’s palsy, you should avoid getting a viral infection. This means avoiding mumps or chickenpox. You should also avoid getting the mumps or chickenpox if you recently had a head injury.

If you are having a stroke, you should get treatment as quickly as possible.

If you are having a tumor, you may need surgery. After surgery, you may also need to have radiation therapy.

How can I reduce numbness of the face?

There are several ways to reduce numbness of the face.

If you are experiencing a stroke, you should use techniques to prevent the stroke. These techniques include:

  • Lying down as soon as you feel any numbness
  • Elevating your head
  • Staying as still as possible
  • Asking someone to help you stand up

If you don’t have a stroke, you can use techniques to reduce numbness of the face. These techniques include:

  • Using a heating pad
  • Using a cold compress
  • Massaging your skin
  • Drinking plenty of water

If you think you have a tumor, you should talk with your doctor about the best ways to reduce numbness.

What is the long-term outlook for numbness of the face?

Your long-term outlook depends on the cause of your numbness. Bell’s palsy usually goes away on its own. Tumors can spread to other parts of your body. You may need radiation therapy.

The takeaway

Numbness of the face is a frequent symptom of migraine and Bell’s palsy.

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