What is tingling face?

Tingling face, a feeling of “pins and needles” in your face, can have many causes. Tingling face is a result of nerve dysfunction or nerve damage. It can be the result of an injury to the face or exposure to cold temperatures. Alternatively, tingling face may be caused by neuropathy, a disorder in which the nerves that relay signals between the body and the brain do not function properly. Multiple sclerosis is an example of a chronic condition that can result in tingling of the face.

Neuropathy, or nerve damage, can be due to a number of specific diseases and disorders. In many cases, neuropathy has no known cause. In rare cases, if the tingling face is accompanied by numbness or weakness of the arms or legs on one side of the body, it can be a sign of stroke. Tingling of the face can also result from injury or, rarely, tumors of the brain or nerves.

The duration and course of tingling face vary widely, depending on the cause. Symptoms caused by injury often have a sudden onset. In other cases, tingling face resulting from underlying neuropathy develops slowly and persists or worsens over time.

Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if a sudden tingling face sensation is accompanied by numbness or weakness on one side of your body; a change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness; or the worst headache of your life, as these can be signs of stroke.

If your tingling face is persistent or causes you concern, seek prompt medical care.


What other symptoms might occur with tingling face?

Tingling face may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the face also involve other body systems.

Face symptoms that may occur along with tingling face

Tingling face may accompany other symptoms affecting the face including:


What causes tingling face?

Tingling face can be the result of peripheral nerve or skin damage to the face and surrounding tissues. Disorders affecting the nerves, such as peripheral neuropathy and stroke, may also cause tingling face.

Common causes of tingling face

Tingling face may be caused by multiple conditions including:

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 11, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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