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What causes numbness in the face after taking antibiotics?

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I was diagnosed with a sinus infection yesterday and given an antibiotic. When I woke up this morning, the right side of my face is numb and a little on the left. Is this normal?
Sat, 14 Apr 2018 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Muhammad Sareer Khalil 2 hours later
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I appreciate your concern

Antibiotics can cause a variety of adverse effects though the one you described is uncommon. The symmetry of the face should be looked for on examination by testing the seventh nerve to rule out a seventh nerve upper or lower motor neuron palsy in consultation with your doctor. Once that is ruled out then the medication can be continued. A decongestant can also be added accordingly.

Wishing you best of health


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Dr. M.S. Khalil
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