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Is numbness of the cheek and nose common when trauma to the face occurs such as a black eye? and what can be done to stop the numbness if anything?

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Dr. Shin Beh
Dr. Shin Behanswered
Neurology 9 years experience
Nerve damage: Trauma to the face may damage the nerves that subserve facial sensation. If the nerve is only concussed, it will recover on its own. If the damage to the nerve is more severe, it may not fully recover.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
See below: Numbness is often related to direct or indirect trauma to the nerve involved. This could be from swelling around the site of injury. It should spontaneously resolve, though it can take some time. If the nerve has been permanently damaged there is a chance that it could regrow. Discuss this and your symptoms with your provider.

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