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Your Face Weakness May Also be Known as:
Face becoming weak
Face getting weak
Face losing strength
Face not as strong
Facial weakness
Head becoming weak
Head getting weak
Head losing strength
Head not as strong

Top 9 Face Weakness Causes

  1. 1.Bell's Palsy

    Bell's palsy (facial palsy) causes sudden weakness in facial muscles and makes half of the face appear to droop. The exact cause is unknown, but it's believed to be the result of swelling and inflammation of the nerve that controls the muscles on one side of your face or may be a reaction that occurs after a viral infection.

    You should visit your primary care physician to confirm the diagnosis and discuss treatment options. However, some cases do not require treatment as symptoms go away on their own.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    arm weakness, arm weakness, hearing loss, hearing loss in one ear, leg weakness
    Symptoms that always occur with bell's palsy:
    face weakness, weakness in one side of the face
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Stroke or Tia (Transient Ischemic Attack)

    A stroke is a medical emergency. Strokes happen when blood flow to the brain is stopped.

    Call 911 immediately. The longer you wait, the fewer treatment options available and the worse the outcome.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    dizziness, new headache, being severely ill, stiff neck, arm weakness
    Symptoms that never occur with stroke or tia (transient ischemic attack):
    bilateral weakness
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  3. 3.Stroke or Tia (Transient Ischemic Attack)

    A stroke is a medical emergency. Strokes happen when blood flow to the brain is stopped.

    You needs to go to the hospital by ambulance or as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the fewer treatment options available and the worse the outcome.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    dizziness, new headache, arm numbness, being severely ill, leg numbness
    Symptoms that never occur with stroke or tia (transient ischemic attack):
    bilateral weakness
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  4. 4.Intracerebral Hemorrhage

    Intracerebral hemorrhage occurs when a diseased blood vessel within the brain bursts, allowing blood to leak inside the brain. (The name means within the cerebrum or brain).

    Call 911 immediately for an ambulance now. This is a life-threatening medical condition which needs to be treated in an intensive care unit (ICU). Blood pressure medication will be administered, as well as medications to prevent seizures and blood clots. Emergency surgery may be performed to decrease the size of the bleed and prevent pressure from building up in the brain and destroying tissue.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, new headache, severe headache, vomiting, stiff neck
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service

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  5. 5.Cellulitis

    Facial cellulitis is a skin infection that typically comes from other parts of the face like the mouth or the sinuses and needs antibiotic treatment. Symptoms can be pain, redness, warmth and swelling of the affected area.

    You should seek care at your primary care physician or an urgent care within a day or two, to start antibiotic treatment and to prevent the infection from spreading to other parts of your body.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, chills, facial redness, swollen face, face pain
    Symptoms that always occur with cellulitis:
    facial redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Stroke or Tia (Transient Ischemic Attack)

    A stroke is a medical emergency. Strokes happen when blood flow to the brain is stopped.

    You needs to go to the hospital by ambulance or as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the fewer treatment options available and the worse the outcome.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    being severely ill, new headache, stiff neck, dizziness, vision changes
    Symptoms that never occur with stroke or tia (transient ischemic attack):
    bilateral weakness
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  7. 7.Guillain - Barre Syndrome

    Certain immune system conditions can damage the peripheral nervous system (PNS) which connect the brain and spinal cord with the rest of the body.

    You should seek immediate medical care at an ER. Nerve damage can potentially impair your ability to control your heart and lungs. You may need to be admitted to the hospital.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    shortness of breath, diarrhea, constipation, excessive sweating, general numbness
    Symptoms that always occur with guillain-barre syndrome:
    progressive weakness
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  8. 8.Bacterial Meningitis

    Meningitis is a bacterial infection of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord (meninges). It is a serious infection as it may affect the nervous system.

    You should seek care urgently at anEmergency Room by calling 911. Tests need to be run as soon as possible in order to determine the cause of the infection, and treat as soon as possible to avoid lasting complications. Early diagnosis and treatment is vital for the treatment of meningitis.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, nausea, being severely ill, fever
    Symptoms that always occur with bacterial meningitis:
    being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  9. 9.Lambert - Eaton Syndrome

    Lambert Eaton Syndrome (LEMS) is an autoimmune condition, where the body attacks the connection between nerves and muscles.

    You should see a physician as soon as possible. The muscle weakness from LEMS can eventually begin to affect the muscles needed to breathe and cause life-threatening complications.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    weakness, general weakness, muscle aches, trouble swallowing, autonomic symptoms
    Urgency:
    In-person visit

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Face Weakness

  • Q.Is your facial weakness constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.How long has your face weakness been going on?
  • Q.About your [upper arm], do you notice:
  • Q.About your [forearm], do you notice:

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Face Weakness Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced face weakness have also experienced:

    • 15% Dizziness
    • 7% Skin That Is Darker Than It Used to Be
    • 7% Headache
  • People who have experienced face weakness had symptoms persist for:

    • 40% Less Than a Week
    • 40% Less Than a Day
    • 10% Over a Month

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