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Your facial muscles are extremely sensitive, and even the harmless things can have an impact on them. Lip-twitching is a classic sign that indicates something is miserably wrong with your body. Well, it’s time to rectify it, before it’s too late.
You may wonder why this involuntary movement called lip-twitching is suddenly happening? Is it in any way related to your brain? Do your eating habits have a role to play? Well, we know you have endless questions, and that’s why we are going to answer them all for you.
1. Lip twitching is an automatic movement of either one of the lips. It gives rise to an unpleasant and annoying sensation, and can be embarrassing sometimes. It is mostly benign. The movement is of an overactive nerve cell, and the medical term is ‘fasciculation’.
2. Lip twitching can have many causes, and most of them can be dealt with ease.
Most common causes are excessive caffeine/alcohol consumption and potassium deficiency.
“Stress, anxiety and fatigue can also lead to lip and eye twitching. Sometimes, an adverse drug reaction caused by steroids or narcotics can cause this reaction. Anything affecting the facial nerve like trauma or bell’s palsy can trigger lip twitching. Similarly, some diseases of the brain like seizures, parkinsonism and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis can also be the cause of twitching. Certain hormonal problems like hypoparathyroidism or calcium deficiency can also be causative factors,” says Dr Sonal Anand, psychiatrist, Wockhardt Hospital, Mumbai.
3. Identifying the cause can help here. It could be as simple as excessive coffee being the cause, so the solution would be to reduce caffeine consumption. Similarly, alcohol and smoking must be controlled. Potassium deficiency should also be dealt with; in this case, a multivitamin with potassium could help. Treating the main cause is the cure. If it is medication-induced, then the medications need to be lowered or replaced. More serious brain-related issues need to be evaluated further.
4. Reducing the intake of caffeine/ alcohol can help. Keeping yourself hydrated is important as well. Bananas are a good source of potassium. Also, make sure to relieve stress by practising yoga and media for holistic health benefits. Getting adequate sleep and reducing screen time before hitting the sack can also help to reduce anxiety.
5. If simple remediation doesn’t help and twitching gets worse or is accompanied by other symptoms like tremors in another part of the body, then get in touch with your doctor immediately. Since there are many causes, it is important to diagnose and treat accordingly.
Take a cloth and warm it a little. Now, using this cloth, put a little pressure on your lips. Do it four to five times, and see if your twitching stops or not.
If your lips twitch from time to time, you can stop it by adopting these simple hacks:
So ladies, don’t take the risk of avoiding lip-twitching. It can be an indication of a bigger problem!