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Dr. James Sidman
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Drooping Of One Side Of Face (Overview)

Facial paralysis is a clinical finding in which a person's facial muscles are unable to be moved or move with less strength. This is often an issue with the nerve of the facial muscles or with a stroke.


Dr. James Sidman
397 Doctors shared insights

Drooping Of One Side Of Face (Overview)

Facial paralysis is a clinical finding in which a person's facial muscles are unable to be moved or move with less strength. This is often an issue with the nerve of the facial muscles or with a stroke.


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After having a stroke some develop a facial droop on one side of their face. Why?

After having a stroke some develop a facial droop on one side of their face. Why?

Damage: Permanent damage to brain cells that control the tone of those facial muscles. The brain is divided into halves, and strokes usually occur on one side of the brain or the other, hence people show symptoms on one side or the other. ...Read more

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Can palsy (like facial palsy which can cause the muscles on one side of the face to go limp) be inherited?

Can palsy (like facial palsy which can cause the muscles on one side of the face to go limp) be inherited?

Yes but rare: Facial palsy or paralysis can be inherited but this is rare. There are a number of syndromes that include facial paralysis. If this is present in a newborn then careful evaluation should be done by a pediatric specialist. ...Read more

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Why is one side of my face so droopy from the other?

Why is one side of my face so droopy from the other?

Droopy?: There could be several reasons. The most concerning would be a stroke but would be very unusual at your age. A more reasonable explanation would be a Bells palsy. Infections, masses, and trauma may also have this effect. You should let your doctor check you out. ...Read more

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Right side of face drooping fir 3 years. Can a test look to see if I had a stroke that indidnt know I had?

Right side of face drooping fir 3 years. Can a test look to see if I had a stroke that indidnt know I had?

Yes: It is unfortunate that you have not sought help for your symptoms before. A facial droop can be due to a stroke, but can also be due to Bell's palsy. A CAT scan or MRI of the brain can show whether you had a stroke. I would suggest first seeing a primary care provider to be examined. Good luck. ...Read more

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Experienced left side of face slightly drooping, feeling out of it, dazed. Tingling on left side of body. I'm 22 yrs old.

Experienced left side of face slightly drooping, feeling out of it, dazed. Tingling on left side of body. I'm 22 yrs old.

Face drooping: Please go to your emergency room ASAP. You MAY have had a stroke or perhaps Bell's Palsy. In any case, you need to be checked out by a doctor right away. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Had a droopy eye on right side after a month giving birth to my child. My right side face cheeks gets bigger eyebrow starts to droop smile slanted. Y?

Had a droopy eye on right side after a month giving birth to my child. My right side face cheeks gets bigger eyebrow starts to droop smile slanted. Y?

Possible stroke: The symptoms you describe, if they are continuous and not intermittent, sound like a mild cerebro-vascular accident (CVA) that may have occurred during delivery. If intermittent, you could be having transient ischemic attacks (TIAs). You need to see a neurologist for eval. ...Read more

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Suffered facial palsy post craniotomy. Face appears mostly normal but when I smile or laugh my lip twitches. Is this Synkinesis or nerve irritated?

Suffered facial palsy post craniotomy. Face appears mostly normal but when I smile or laugh my lip twitches. Is this Synkinesis or nerve irritated?

Probably weakness: There's no way to know without seeing it but usually synkinesis is the yoking of the movements of the eye and mouth: when you smile you blink and vice versa but only on the damaged side. Twitching of a previously damaged area is likely residual weakness from the injury or continued irritation. Would be tough to get isolated lip irritation from a craniotomy injury. I would go with weakness ...Read more

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Does facial palsy always present with ramsay hunt syndrome, I have all other symptoms, only pain is to the back of my head and neck. Blisters in ear etc?

Does facial palsy always present with ramsay hunt syndrome, I have all other symptoms, only pain is to the back of my head and neck. Blisters in ear etc?

RHS: Facial paralys can present few days before or after onset of other symptoms in rhs. Acute facial paralysis is the hallmark of rhs, but the syndrome as described by dr. Hunt can have varying presentation, making the history and physical examination the most important tool. Other nerves in close proximity to the facial nerve can be affected by vzv. Focus is on differential diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My 2 year old nephew has the following symptoms: pale face, droopy eyes, abnormal stool, vomitting. What could this be?

My 2 year old nephew has the following symptoms: pale face, droopy eyes, abnormal stool, vomitting. What could this be?

Gastroenteritis?: First, vomiting or diarrhea in a two year old can quickly become serious. Sounds like your nephew is dehydrated. I would have him see his pediatrician tomorrow, especially if he has a fever higher than 101. ...Read more

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Face numbness droopy feeling cheeks and around eyes like getting a freezing at dentist. Treated sinus infection anxiety? Never experienced this before

Face numbness droopy feeling cheeks and around eyes like getting a freezing at dentist. Treated sinus infection anxiety? Never experienced this before

ER: Have someone take you to ER now (don't drive yourself). Concern us Stroke, but there are other possibilities. You should be seen by Neurologist. ...Read more

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What cause one side of face to hurt?

What cause one side of face to hurt?

Cause of pain?: That is an extremely broad question with little information to go on and too many possibilities to make it worthwhile for us to merely list a hundred or more answers. Either re-post your question with more detailed information or better yet see a dentist and/or physician for a one on one clinical evaluation. ...Read more

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What does pain and soreness on one side of face mean?

What does pain and soreness on one side of face mean?

See your Doctor: Many possible causes. Most common- sinus infection, tooth infection, ear infection, neuralgia of different etiology. You must see your doctor to examine and evaluate you. ...Read more

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One side of face is very hot and red. It's not from heat. What do I do?

One side of face is very hot and red. It's not from heat. What do I do?

Possible infection.: Redness and warmth, with or without pain, can be a sign of infection. Or it may be a localized reaction (dermatitis) to something that has come in contact with your skin. Do you have any sore teeth, swollen gums, fever? How long has this has been going on? Consider a Prime Urgent Care Consult and a better diagnosis may be given. Fill out your health history in detail first. Or see a doc ASAP. ...Read more

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I need to figure out why one side of face has more wrinkles and how to fix it?

I need to figure out why one side of face has more wrinkles and how to fix it?

Wrinkles: Sometimes there are more wrinkles on one side of the face because of sun exposure, such as in a person who drives a lot. Nonetheless there are many treatments for wrinkles including creams, fillers, neuromodulators, skin resurfacing procedures etc. You can seek the consultation of a board certified surgeon who has expertise on facial rejuvenation. ...Read more

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My mom age 50 had sweelinh on one side of face from past one month, there is not any physical hurt on the cheeks, what are possible cause?

My mom age 50 had sweelinh on one side of face from past one month, there is not any physical hurt on the cheeks, what are possible cause?

Various causes: Some possibilities include dental abscess, swollen parotid or salivary glands, bony growths, etc. She must be examined by a physician or otolaryngologist to determine the cause. Imagining studies may be required to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of tmj? Does one side of your face feel numb at times? I have been feeling an odd sensation in one side of face lately.

Numbness: There are many symptoms TMJ disorder. There may be pain, clicking or popping noise upon opening, limited opening, etc. However, numbness is not a common symptom. I would talk to your physcian to be tested for a bells palsy or another neurogenic disorder. ...Read more

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HELP. Can sudden first time flushing/red warm/hot/heat only ONE side of face mean stroke or TIA? It lasted a few minutes and then went.

HELP. Can sudden first time flushing/red warm/hot/heat only ONE side of face mean stroke or TIA? It lasted a few minutes and then went.

Unlikely: It is unlikely to be a stroke or TIA. Strokes/TIA usually causes loss of function - weakness, numbness etc. Your description does not fit classic stroke or TIA. ...Read more

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Why does anxiety cause tingling on one side of face or tingling in fingers etc?

Why does anxiety cause tingling on one side of face or tingling in fingers etc?

May be paresthesias: This may be paresthesia which are uncomfortable skin sensations. We see these with anxiety With tingling we also evaluate for nerve irritation. You need to discuss these with your physician ...Read more

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Really itchy rash on one side of face that was in the sun. What can I do to even out color and stop itch?

Really itchy rash on one side of face that was in the sun. What can I do to even out color and stop itch?

Depends: You should treat the symptoms with a mild topical steroid and see if that helps. If this is really one-sided then this may be a sun-sensitivity problem, meaning something other than a sunburn. The change in skin tone may even out with time. You should probably see your doctor. ...Read more

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I was Dx with rhinitis I take fluticasone and benadryl (diphenhydramine) is helps some but still have problems especially in one side of face. Any meds I can add to mix?

See an allergist: That combination of medications will control most mild to moderate allergies. People who are having symptoms despite that much medication should seek help from an allergist to get better control of their symptoms ...Read more

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My son has temp of 39.1 he is two, has had pneumonia 2 weeks ago one side of face and eye are very red. What could be wrong?

My son has temp of 39.1 he is two, has had pneumonia 2 weeks ago one side of face and eye are very red. What could be wrong?

Possible cellulitis: If there is fever and only one side of the face is red, it is possible that he has cellulitis, a bacterial infection of the tissues of the face. My best recommendation is that he be seen by his pediatrician, and with the height of the temperature, I would recommend that he be seen today. ...Read more

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I had major surgery Saturday had front tooth's taking out one side of face is really still numb n can't breath normal on my left side?

Call your surgeon: If you are having problems breathing, this is an emergency. You need immediate medical attention. If your dentist is not available and you do not have an oral surgeon close by, you should go to your local Urgent Care or emergency room for evaluation and treatment.. ...Read more

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Is it an emergency if one side of face (cheek, lips, scalp) and head is numb?

Is it an emergency if one side of face (cheek, lips, scalp) and head is numb?

It is an emergency: Numbness in face, lips and head can occur with the damage or dysfunction of the branches of the cranial nerve supplying the innervation to these regions. Your doctor should identify and treat the underlying cause of your numbness or tingling. Treatment of the underlying condition may reverse the symptoms. ...Read more

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Could over byte can cause head ache on one side of face and can only braces can fix it?

TMJ: An overbite can cause something called tmj. A dentist that specializes in this can help you. Braces would not be the answer. ...Read more

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Sharp fuzzy pain in head when move my neck. Tingling and burning down one side of face. Head ache when I wake up. Sharp shooting pains?

Sharp fuzzy pain in head when move my neck. Tingling and burning down one side of face. Head ache when I wake up. Sharp shooting pains?

Head pain: You MAY have a pinched nerve or another condition. Please see your doctor who will diagnose and treat accordingly. Peace and good health. ...Read more