The old man brushing his teeth leaked water at the corner of his mouth and suspected “stroke”. After the summer, the Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine received more than ten cases of facial paralysis

Ding Chunhua is receiving consultation

Ama Sun, who is over seventy years old, recently got up in the morning Later, I found that the corners of my mouth were leaking when I brushed my teeth, not to mention drinking and eating. “Doctor, did I have a stroke?” Grandma Sun hurried to Shibei Hospital in Jing’an District, Shanghai. Ding Chunhua, Deputy Chief Physician of the Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, conducted a detailed consultation and examination of Grandma Sun, and found that her mouth was slanted, her cheeks were bulging and her air was leaking, her left nasolabial fold became shallow, her left eyelid was incompletely closed, and her left forehead line disappeared. Wind-cold obstruction type facial paralysis. Grandma Sun just remembered that she had been blowing the air conditioner all night last night because she was greedy for the cold.

Shenzhen has been experiencing high temperatures recently, and air conditioners have become an indispensable “life-sustaining artifact” for people. However, many people like to set the temperature of the air conditioner very low or blow it against the air vent because of the coldness, but they don’t know that “face paralysis” quietly comes to the door.

During the consultation, Dr. Ding Chunhua found that Grandma Sun was very concerned about her image, and she suddenly became paralyzed, which made her very anxious and worried about the sequelae, “How can I see my old sister in the future?”

< p> “Your facial paralysis is not a central nervous system disease, but a peripheral facial neuritis caused by direct air conditioning and greed for cold. Acupuncture and moxibustion have a good effect on the treatment of this disease.” Ding Chunhua’s remarks eased Grandma Sun’s anxiety.

Ding Chunhua used the treatment plan of dispelling wind, dispelling cold, invigorating qi, activating blood and dredging collaterals, and performed acupuncture and moxibustion for Grandma Sun, and took Chinese medicine orally. After a week of treatment, Grandma Sun’s symptoms such as the slanted corners of the mouth were significantly improved.

“Thanks to Dr. Ding’s superb medical skills! I will never dare to blow the air conditioner directly in the future.” Grandma Sun, who had recovered from facial paralysis, sighed.

In the past two weeks, the Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Shibei Hospital has received more than ten patients with facial neuritis (facial paralysis) caused by greed for cold, and more than 70% are middle-aged and elderly friends.

Facial neuritis, commonly known as facial nerve paralysis and facial paralysis, is mainly caused by facial nerve damage leading to facial muscle paralysis. It is a common neurological disease in clinical practice. Speech leakage, drooling, unable to complete actions such as frowning, closing eyes, whistling, etc., and some patients also experience symptoms such as loss of taste and hyperacusis.

Ding Chunhua introduced that the pathogenesis of facial neuritis is mainly related to cold and virus infection. The cold wind blown by the air conditioner belongs to the evil of wind and cold. After a person blows directly against the air outlet for a long time, the evil of wind and cold will be injected into the meridians, resulting in the blockage of the meridians. If the meridian block can’t nourish the muscles, the facial muscle activity will be unfavorable.

In addition to blowing the air conditioner fan directly and for a long time, it is also easy to cause facial neuritis if the wind blows directly on the head and face after taking a car, bathing, or drinking. In addition, fatigue, excessive drinking, staying up late, etc. are all incentives for the disease.

The golden treatment period for facial paralysis is one to two weeks. There are also specific standards for clinical treatment, namely, classification and staged treatment. The acute stage is 7 days before the onset of the disease, which is the critical period of treatment. Timely treatment has a positive effect on the recovery. If the acute phase is delayed, it will lead to prolonged illness, or induce complications and produce sequelae. If you have facial paralysis symptoms such as skewed corners of the mouth, inability to do bulging, pouting, and incomplete closing of the eyes, you must seek medical attention in time to avoid sequelae.

“Early detection and early treatment are the keys to the treatment of facial paralysis.” Ding Chunhua said that Chinese medicine has accumulated a lot of experience in treating facial paralysis. For early patients like Grandma Sun, acupuncture is often used for treatment. Acupuncture is a benign stimulus that directly stimulates facial acupuncture points, with good curative effect and no toxic side effects. Most of the facial paralysis can achieve good results through medicine, acupuncture, cupping and other traditional Chinese medicine treatment.

Ding Chunhua also reminded; in addition to regular treatment, some daily care should also be carried out. For example, at home, a hot towel can be applied to the affected side of the face to promote the blood circulation of the face and speed up the recovery. Apply hot compress 3 times a day for about 15 minutes each time. In addition, frown, raise forehead, puff cheeks, blow air, etc. in front of the mirror for 2 to 3 minutes each time, exercise 3 times a day, etc.

Ding Chunhua also focused on how to prevent facial paralysis and use air conditioners reasonably:

In midsummer, the temperature of the air conditioner should not be lower than 26°C, and the temperature difference between indoor and outdoor should not exceed 7°C. ; The cold air of the air conditioner cannot blow directly on the face for a long time, especially for people with low immunity such as the elderly and children, the human body is in a state of low resistance during sleep, so pay attention to keep warm.

Enter the room from the hot outside, wait for a while before turning on the air conditioner. At this time, the pores of the whole body are in an open state. If the temperature of the air conditioner is set very low or blowing directly against the air conditioner, the nerves and blood vessels of the face will be very difficult. It is easy to be stimulated by cold and cause spasms, causing facial nerve ischemia, edema, and then nerve damage. If you stay in an air-conditioned room for a long time or blow directly, even if you get away with facial paralysis, symptoms such as dizziness, cough, arthritis and gastrointestinal discomfort may be found. come up.

The air-conditioned room is usually very dry, so pay attention to adding water and put a basin of water in the room to increase the humidity; it is best to turn off the air conditioner three or four hours after it is turned on, and open the window for ventilation to allow air convection. In addition, we should pay attention to rest and proper exercise in life, and strengthen immunity through exercise, which can effectively prevent facial paralysis.

Author: Tang Wenjia Yu Wenlong

Editor: Tang Wenjia

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