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During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Numb face. 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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Why: to determine if acute or chronic.
Why: e.g. tingling, burning, numbness or pins and needles.
Why: helps determine the cause of the facial numbness and also the site of the pathology. e.g. the ophthalmic division of the trigeminal nerve supplies the forehead and surface of the eye; the maxillary division of the trigeminal nerve supplies the skin in the middle of the face and the membranes of the upper part of the mouth, palate and nasopharynx; the third division of the trigeminal nerve supplies the skin of the lower jaw and membranes of the lower part of the mouth.
Why: e.g. facial bone fractures including fracture of the zygomatic and orbital bones may cause numbness of the upper lip.
Why: e.g. neurotoxic shellfish poisoning; ingestion of tetrodotoxin- containing puffer fish.
Why: e.g. migraine.
Why: e.g. neurofibromatosis 2 may cause facial numbness; multiple sclerosis; migraine.
Why: e.g. oral contraceptive pill may increase the risk of cavernous sinus thrombosis.
Why: e.g. fever, facial pain and tenderness, toothache, post-nasal drip nasal obstruction, runny nose, cough, fever, bleeding nose - may suggest cavernous sinus thrombosis as the cause of facial numbness as it is a complication of acute sinusitis.
Why: e.g. headache which may be preceded by temporary unilateral loss of vision (partial or total), transient difficulty with speech together with possible tingling, numbness or vague weakness of one side of the face. Nausea and vomiting may follow.
Why: e.g. hot flushes, night sweats, palpitations, lightheadedness, dry skin, crawling skin sensation, mood changes.
Why: e.g. symptoms of acoustic neuroma, facial weakness, pain or numbness.
Why: e.g. progressive deafness, dizziness, numbness of that side of the face and facial weakness, followed by clumsiness.
Why: e.g. fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, eye pain, proptosis (forward displacement of the eyeball), double vision, facial numbness over the forehead.
Why: e.g. blurry vision, double vision, dizziness, weakness, numbness or tingling in any limbs or face.
Why: e.g. numbness around the mouth, muscle cramps, anxiety, facial muscle twitching may be followed by convulsions, stridor and psychosis.
Why: e.g. numbness around the mouth, feeling unwell, clumsiness and if severe paralysis of the limb muscle.
The following list of conditions have 'Numb face' 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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