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Facial Twitching: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

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Facial twitching can be an annoying and embarrassing problem affecting many people at some point. Although facial twitching is not a severe condition, it can indicate an underlying health problem. While the causes of facial twitching can vary, the good news is that most cases can be easily treated. Causes of Facial Twitching Facial twitching… Continue reading

Addressing Facial Paralysis Caused by Damaged Nerves

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The nerves in your face are of essential importance when it comes to facial expression and natural movement. Damage to one or more nerves in the face can lead to a host of issues, up to and including facial paralysis. Depending on which nerves are damaged and how it happened, paralysis may affect one or… Continue reading

Synkinesis Can Impact Enjoyment of Life

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As a form of facial paralysis, synkinesis can lead to the involuntary movement of muscles. This often results from a damaged nerve branch regenerating incorrectly. However, the condition can also develop due to the sewing together of nerves during a repair surgery. The most common type of synkinesis is known as ocular-oral synkinesis, which occurs… Continue reading

Five Common Causes of Hemifacial Spasm in Adults

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You might be curious about the causes of hemifacial spasms if you have been diagnosed with the condition. Once you know what causes this condition and its symptoms, you can start considering your treatment options. What Are Hemifacial Spasms? Hemifacial spasms, also known as tic convulsive, occur when the muscles suddenly twitch on one side… Continue reading

The Stigma of Facial Paralysis

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If you find that facial paralysis is a source of embarrassment, you are not alone. Conditions that result in a drooping smile or eyes are highly visible. You may feel isolated and anxious, which will have a significant impact on your day-to-day life. Losing the ability to create facial expressions is also devastating. Your once… Continue reading

Is Your Hearing Loss Related to Ramsay Hunt Syndrome?

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Ramsay Hunt syndrome may be present if you experience vertigo and hearing difficulties. NORD estimates that 5 of every 100,000 people in the United States develop Ramsay Hunt syndrome yearly. What is Ramsay Hunt Syndrome? Ramsay Hunt syndrome is distinguished by a severe rash on the mouth, throat, face or ears. This condition leads to… Continue reading

Recovering from Bell’s Palsy

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It is estimated that 40,000 people per year experience Bell’s Palsy, a temporary form of facial paralysis. This is the most common form of facial paralysis, yet so much about this illness is unknown. Bell’s Palsy is only diagnosed when all other possible causes of facial paralysis are eliminated. While this condition is temporary, it… Continue reading

About the Diagnostic Tests Required to Determine Paralysis Cause

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There are usually multiple potential causes for a given combination of symptoms. Therefore, diagnostic tests, in addition to a physical examination, routine laboratory tests and your medical history, are necessary. For example, your case of facial paralysis could present itself as facial tightness, drooping, twitching or asymmetry in facial characteristics, all of which are symptoms… Continue reading

Nobody is Immune to Suffering Facial Paralysis

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You may have heard recently heard news reports mentioning the condition Ramsay Hunt Syndrome. The Canadian singer, Justin Bieber, revealed on his Instagram account that the condition was responsible for his highly publicized facial paralysis. Ramsay Hunt Syndrome is linked to the Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV), which is also responsible for chickenpox and shingles. This… Continue reading

Three Common Causes of Facial Paralysis in Adults

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If you are suffering from any kind of facial paralysis, it is important to seek medical advice. While some health conditions that produce such symptoms are easily treatable, others may require a more complex medical intervention. Bell’s Palsy The most common cause of facial paralysis in the U.S. is known as Bell’s palsy. This condition… Continue reading



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