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Symptoms That You Should Look Out For in Non-Injury Related Facial Problems

Facial problems can be classified as minor or major, serious conditions. The minor facial problems related to the skin or muscles can be addressed and treated quickly. However, there are some serious and threatening conditions that require to be treated immediately.

symptoms to look out for

What are the common symptoms?

Some of the common symptoms include swelling and associated pain, facial weakness, facial numbness etc. These symptoms can be felt in the jaw, teeth, ears, sinuses, eyes, salivary glands, blood vessels or even the facial nerves.

What are the common causes of facial problems?

Some common causes include infections, other diseases, and conditions that can affect the areas of the skin, face etc.

When should you call for emergency care?

There are certain non-injury related facial problems that are serious and need emergency care and treatment. These should not be ignored. Consult a doctor immediately if the following conditions are observed:

  • Twitching or jerking.
  • Loss of consciousness
  • You have experienced signs of stroke.
  • Jaw pain.
  • Pain in the shoulder, neck, chest, arm.
  • Severe headache
  • Fever with a stiff
  • Nausea and vomiting

Twitching and Jerking

Twitching and jerking are spasm like movements of certain muscles, which often occur on the face or eyelids, but can occur at other places on the body too.

A majority of the twitches may be harmless and isolated cases of occurrence. Myoclonic jerks are muscle twitches that are entirely involuntary and cannot be controlled or suppressed.


Seizures occur due to abnormal activity in the brain. Some seizures are hardly noticeable. But in severe cases, there is a loss of consciousness and convulsions occur.

Seizures occur suddenly and they vary in the duration and severity. Seizures can be one-off occurrences or can be repeated occurrences. Recurrent seizures are called epilepsy, or a seizure disorder.

Many conditions are responsible for a seizure to happen. Some of them include head injuries, stroke, electrolyte imbalance, medications, brain infections, brain tumours, etc.


Blocked blood vessels and bleeding in the brain cause stroke. Some of the main symptoms of a stroke are:

  • Sudden weakness or numbness in the face, arm, or leg on one side of the body.
  • Sudden loss of vision, strength and coordination.
  • Sudden inability to understand.
  • Trouble swallowing.
  • Loss of balance that is accompanied by nausea, vomiting, fever.
  • A severe headache with no known cause.
  • Rapid loss of consciousness.
  • Sudden falls.
  • Slurred speech.

Any symptoms of stroke should be attended to immediately. Do not delay going to the doctor, as getting timely medical attention is very critical in case of stroke. The faster the patient gets medical attention and treatment; the better will be the chances of survival and recovery.

Stiff Neck

Though minor neck injuries and problems are easily treated, there are some conditions that require medical attention. When the neck pain gets worse and does not get better, consult a doctor. Any trouble in walking, weakness in arms and legs or loss of bladder control are all symptoms that require immediate medical help.

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