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Facial paresthesia

Facial paresthesia: Introduction

The skin sensation of partial numbness or "pins and needles" or a type of "burning", "tingling" or "creeping" sensation of the skin, is known as a "paresthesia". Symptoms may start as a tingling (paresthesia) and change to a numbness, or there may be a combination of decreased sensation (numbness) but with heightened sensations at certain times or with stimulation. Any type of tingling, burning, or numbness is usually a symptom related to a sensory nerve being damaged, diseased, or injured. Causes depend on the exact location of the paresthesia sensations, but typically include a physical nerve injury type condition (e.g. a nerve entrapment or some type of pressure being applied to a nerve directly or to the spinal attachment of that nerve), or a disease condition affecting the nerves (e.g. neuropathy, diabetic neuropathy, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and others). Having these sensory symptoms in multiple locations, or the recurrence of similar symptoms in different locations is a hallmark symptom of multiple sclerosis, so your doctor will likely ask about the past history of similar symptoms to assess the likelihood of multiple sclerosis as a diagnosis (see symptoms of multiple sclerosis). Any of these tingling or numbness symptoms are more than just annoying; they can indicate a serious medical condition and require prompt medical diagnosis by a professional....more »

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Causes of Types of Facial paresthesia:

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Facial paresthesia: Symptom Checker

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Facial paresthesia Treatments

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Stories from Users for Facial paresthesia

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Diagnostic tests for Facial paresthesia:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Facial paresthesia. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Test corneal sensation by lightly touching the cornea ( the surface of the eye over the iris) with a wisp of cotton wool and determining if you feel the touch. If the cotton wool is not felt this may indicate a lesion of the ophthalmic division of the trigeminal nerve
    • Test facial pain sensation in all three divisions of the trigeminal nerve ( i.e. forehead, middle of face and lower jaw) with the sharp end of a pin. Loss of pain sensation will result in the pin prick feeling dull. Determine the area of dull sensation
    • Test facial light touch sensation in all three divisions of the trigeminal nerve with a piece of cotton wool
    • Test remainder of cranial nerves, especially third, forth and sixth cranial nerves as they are often also involved if the cause of facial paresthesia is due to aneurysm of internal carotid artery, extension of a pituitary tumor, cavernous sinus thrombosis or secondary tumor in the area of the cavernous sinus
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Facial paresthesia: Comorbid Symptoms

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Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Facial paresthesia

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Facial paresthesia. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

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Facial paresthesia: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Facial paresthesia

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Facial paresthesia: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Organs affected by Facial paresthesia:

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Detailed list of causes of Facial paresthesia

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How Common are these Causes of Facial paresthesia?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Facial paresthesia. Of the 18 causes of Facial paresthesia that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 1 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 0 causes are "common" diseases
  • 1 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 0 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 17 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Facial paresthesia:

The following list of conditions have 'Facial paresthesia' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Facial paresthesia?

Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Facial paresthesia, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

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Classifications of Facial paresthesia:

Subtypes of Facial paresthesia:

Numb face (3 causes), Tingling face (18 causes)

Medical Conditions associated with Facial paresthesia:

Tingling face (18 causes), Face symptoms (8109 causes), Tingling (951 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes), Sensory symptoms (7134 causes), Nerve symptoms (9132 causes), Neurological symptoms (9575 causes), Skin symptoms (5992 causes), Pain (6458 causes), Sensations (6520 causes), Brain symptoms (2787 causes), Skin problems (3422 causes), Common symptoms (8589 causes), Body symptoms (5672 causes)

Symptoms related to Facial paresthesia:

Numb skin, Numb lips (25 causes), Tingling face (18 causes), Tingling lips (24 causes), Numb cheeks, Blue face, Tingling skin (53 causes), Paresthesias (453 causes)

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Evidence Based Medicine Research for Facial paresthesia

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