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Tingling in Face: What Causes it and What to Do

If you've ever felt your face spontaneously begin to tingle, then you know how confusing and irritating this sensation can be. Although it may be worrying initially, there are plenty of explanations for tingling in the face. Read on to learn more about these causes and some solutions.

Tingling in Face: What Causes it and What to Do

Hormonal Causes

A tingling face may be a result of a hormonal imbalance that occurs during menopause. Although this is a lesser-known symptom, it can occur due to the lower than usual levels of estrogen that are present in the body during menopause. Estrogen is important for many different bodily functions, so low levels of this hormone can cause many different symptoms.

Other Causes

  • Lack of vitamin B12Tingling in the face is also commonly a result of a lack of vitamins, particularly the vitamin B12. This vitamin is vital in helping make sure nerves grow properly and have the proper protection, which means that a lack of the vitamin can cause nerves to begin to malfunction. This often causes tingling and numbness.

  • Anxiety. Although this is also a symptom that is not well-known, a tingling or even partially numb face may be a result of high levels of anxiety. Numbness and tingling in the face can be the body's reaction to stress or anything that causes an anxious response.

  • Pinched nerve. Sometimes, a nerve in the neck can get pinched or compressed. This most often happens because of spending long periods of time in an odd position or because of trauma that occurs near a nerve. Ligaments, tendons, and bones can all pinch nerves and cause numbness and tingling in parts of the body, including the face.

What to Do

The first step towards improving tingling in the face is lifestyle changes. These are most likely to be helpful with hormonal causes and anxiety causes:

  • Getting enough sleep, you should sleep between 7 – 8 hours
  • Eating a diet low in saturated fat and salt is key for general wellness
  • Exercising more, practice meditation and yoga
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Avoid stressful situations

With other causes of tingling in the face, more concrete treatments are needed. With a vitamin deficiency, it is important to consume more vitamins, especially vitamin E, B12 and C either through supplements or food sources.

A pinched nerve will likely require a therapy. Additionally, medications can be used to treat anxiety, which cause tingling in the face.

When to Call a Doctor

Tingling and numbness in the face can be an especially worrying problem for many people because face numbness is especially closely related with symptoms of having a stroke. Call emergency services immediately if you experience a tingling face along with:

  • Sudden severe headache
  • Numbness or paralysis
  • Trouble speaking 
  • Vision problems
  • Confusion 
  • Dizziness

Tingling in the face can be irritating and distracting, but knowing why it occurs can help you figure out how to stop it. To learn more about managing this sensation, learn about the top 5 tips to cope with numbness and tingling.

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