This article is reprinted from [Healthy Chengdu Official Weibo];
After a hard day’s work, 32-year-old Ms. Zhang (surname changed) was lying in the air-conditioned room, while applying the cold water from the refrigerator. The ice mask, while brushing the phone, ended up falling asleep in a daze, and then took off the mask after being woken up from the cold.
The next morning, she suddenly felt that something was wrong with her face. The left half of her face was numb and stiff. The water from brushing her teeth leaked directly from the corner of her mouth, her mouth was crooked, and her eyes could not be closed.
Hurry up to take time off to visit the hospital. The doctor diagnosed her with facial paralysis, which was caused by staying up all night and applying ice mask to face cold.
This is a wake-up call for many women who like to put face masks in the refrigerator at Xia’s house!
“Professor and Chief Physician Liang Fong of Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine” said that staying up late for a long time makes his immune system weaker, and then he faces air conditioners and electric fans for a long time. Blow directly on the head or a certain part, these factors can easily lead to facial paralysis.
“Professor Liang Fong” has treated many patients with facial paralysis. Facial palsy is of all ages, from childhood to adulthood to old age.
What is Facial Paralysis?
Facial paralysis is characterized by sudden facial numbness and skewed mouth and eyes. The predisposing factors may be vasospasm caused by local trophic nerves, such as feeling cold, virus and autonomic nervous function instability, resulting in ischemia and edema of the facial nerve.
Facial paralysis is called facial paralysis in western medicine: facial neuritis or idiopathic facial nerve palsy, which can be caused by various reasons.
Facial neuritis is equivalent to “mouth-slack”, “mouth-eye skewness” in traditional Chinese medicine, and belongs to the “stroke disease” category of Chinese medicine. Network syndrome, more modern called “facial paralysis”.
What are the main symptoms of facial paralysis?
The main symptoms of patients with facial paralysis are: facial expression muscle paralysis on the side of the disease, chills, numbness, inability to close lips, drooling, tears, inability to frown, and inability to close or close eye splits incomplete. Symptoms peak within 24-48 hours.
According to the different parts of the injury, it is divided into peripheral facial paralysis and central facial paralysis.
Peripheral facial paralysis is divided into two types: one is the facial paralysis caused by the stimulation of wind, cold and wind, such as blowing air conditioners, electric fans, and blowing cold wind. Another reason is that viral infections, especially herpes virus, are prone to facial paralysis after infection.
Central facial paralysis, most of which are accompanied by language barriers, hemiplegia, hemiparesis and other symptoms. In layman’s terms, it is stroke, cerebral hemorrhage, cerebral infarction, etc.
What should I do after facial paralysis?
In general, facial palsy is better treated earlier.
Peripheral facial paralysis is relatively common, most commonly caused by cold, and the condition is relatively mild. If early treatment is given, it will usually recover in about a month. Facial paralysis with viral infection is slightly more severe.
“Professor Liang Fong”, who has been engaged in acupuncture for 47 years, said that acupuncture is a good method for the treatment of facial paralysis and has two significant advantages: first There are no side effects; secondly, it can also better dredge the meridians, act on the facial nerve locally, and recover quickly.
If the facial paralysis is not treated in time, or if the facial nerve is severely injured, and the injured part is deep, it is relatively difficult, and even a small part may not be cured for life, that is to say, the mouth and eyes may be damaged for a lifetime. Asking, drooling, etc.
Who is prone to facial paralysis?
“Professor Liang Fong” said that facial paralysis is a common and frequently-occurring disease that is not restricted by age. Seventy or eighty-year-olds are all possible.
Especially for those who stay up late for a long time and their own resistance is relatively weak, they are prone to facial paralysis if they catch a little cold.
If you blow air conditioners or electric fans for a long time in summer, and keep blowing on your head or a certain part of the head, especially behind the ears, it is particularly easy to cause facial paralysis.
Those who like to sleep under the air conditioner also belong to the “dangerous” group of facial paralysis.
Even, sometimes riding outdoors, with the cold wind blowing by the lake or river, may cause facial paralysis.
“Professor Liang Fong” also came into contact with a special patient who had renal failure and needed hemodialysis several times a week. The cold wind was blowing on the road, and the resistance was weak, and he also got facial paralysis.
How to avoid it effectively in life?
“Professor Liang Fung Fong” urges everyone to pay attention to enhance immunity, strengthen resistance, don’t be too tired, don’t stay up late.
When blowing air conditioners or electric fans, do not keep blowing on your head or a certain part for a long time, especially not behind your ears.
Never sleep directly under the air conditioner at night.
Do not blow the fan immediately after exercising or after taking a hot shower.
Be aware of hot and cold changes too quickly. If you often go in and out of air-conditioned rooms, there must be a temperature transition, such as turning up the temperature or turning off the air conditioner first, and then going out after a while. When you enter the door again, dry your sweat first, and don’t adjust the temperature of the air conditioner too low because of the cold. The indoor and outdoor temperature should not exceed 8 degrees.
Content source: Chengdu Business Daily Sichuan Famous Doctor