How to Get Rid of Facial Numbness

Facial numbness can be caused by nerve injury, stroke, other medical conditions and certain drugs. It is often a symptom of other conditions rather than a condition itself. It is, essentially the loss of muscle movement in the face and can be quite frightening, especially when accompanied by a stroke. Since facial numbness can be the sign of serious conditions such as a stroke, be sure you contact your doctor immediately if you feel you may be having a stroke rather than nerve related or medication related facial numbness.

 

How do I know if I have facial numbness?

  • Lack of feeling in the face
  • Paralysis in the face
  • Tingling of the face
  • Tingling of the lips
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Burning sensation
  • May be on one or both sides

 

How can I prevent facial numbness?

Because facial numbness is often a symptom rather than the problem, it’s difficult to prevent.

If the numbness occurs because you have slept on one side of your face and numbed the nerves it will dissipate naturally within a few minutes.

 

How can I treat facial numbness?

  • Perform facial and neck exercises to help strengthen the neck and prevent pinching your nerves.
  • Chew gum and smile! These simple things can help strengthen the muscles and prevent facial numbness.
  • Stop smoking and limit alcohol intake; these things wreak havoc with your body.
  • Massage and acupuncture can help to relax muscles and alleviate the symptoms of pinched nerves.
  • Manage any medical conditions such as diabetes.
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