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:

  • Exposure to cold
  • Exposure to toxic or poisonous compounds
  • Face trauma or injury
  • Pressure on nerve or nerve entrapment

Disease causes of tingling face

Certain diseases and conditions may at times cause tingling face including:

  • Exposure to toxins
  • Migraine
  • Multiple sclerosis (disease that affects the brain and spinal cord causing weakness, coordination, balance difficulties, and other problems)
  • Shingles (reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus, which remains in the body in an inactive state following chickenpox)
  • Vitamin deficiency

Serious or life-threatening causes of tingling face

In some cases, tingling face may be a symptom of a serious or life-threatening condition that should be evaluated immediately in an emergency setting. These include:

  • Brain or nerve tumors
  • Severe head injury
  • Stroke
  • Transient ischemic attack (temporary stroke-like symptoms that may be a warning sign of an impending stroke)

Questions for diagnosing the cause of tingling face

To diagnose your condition, your doctor or licensed health care practitioner will ask you several questions related to your tingling face including:

  • How long have you felt tingling in your face?
  • Where do you feel your face tingling?
  • Do you have any other symptoms?
  • What medications are you taking?

What are the potential complications of tingling face?

Because tingling face can be due to serious diseases, failure to seek treatment can result in serious complications and permanent damage. Once the underlying cause is diagnosed, it is important for you to follow the treatment plan that you and your health care professional design specifically for you to reduce the risk of potential complications including:

  • Brain damage (if your tingling face is due to a stroke)
  • Paralysis
  • Permanent nerve damage


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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. Multi... Read more about tingling faceintroduction


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:

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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