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Facial Nerves
July 2002

Q. I am a severe asthmatic. I am 33 years old and I've had asthma since I was 3. About seven months ago, I started having numbness on the right side of my face. It lasted for about six to seven hours. You can even see this through my expressions. This would occur about every other week. Now I am experiencing this at least once a week, sometimes two to three times a week. What is happening?

A. Symptoms such as numbness and tingling usually imply that a nerve is inflamed or irritated. This can be due to trauma or other causes. It sounds as though the facial muscles are affected also as you mention the change in expression. It could be a sign of Bell's palsy, a facial nerve condition, but your doctor or a neurologist should be consulted to establish an accurate diagnosis and treatment options. The symptoms you describe are not related to asthma.



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