• Why is My Eyebrow Twitching

Why is My Eyebrow Twitching

It’s not unusu­al to expe­ri­ence occa­sion­al facial tremors or eye­brow twitch­ing. If these invol­un­tary move­ments become chron­ic or con­stant, there may be a prob­lem to inves­ti­gate.

Diet Can Be Behind Eyebrow Twitching

A person’s diet can cause invol­un­tary twitch­es and tics. (The dif­fer­ence between the two is that a twitch is invol­un­tary while a tic can be con­trolled to an extent.)

When a patient men­tions or the doc­tor notices eye­brow twitch­ing, he/she will ask how much caf­feine a patient con­sumes. Caf­feine is a com­mon cause of invol­un­tary twitch­ing and facial tics in gen­er­al. Some­one who’s ingest­ed more than the usu­al amount will get relief once it’s passed out of the sys­tem. Or if a per­son is a heavy caf­feine drinker, a doc­tor will rec­om­mend reduc­ing it for sev­er­al days to see if that stops the twitch or tic.

Keep in mind that ener­gy drinks have a lot more caf­feine than the aver­age cup of cof­fee or iced tea, and are packed with jit­ter-induc­ing sug­ar as well.

Mag­ne­sium helps con­trol nerve and mus­cle move­ment and a lack of it can result in body tremors and twitch­es. The doc­tor usu­al­ly asks if the patient has changed his or her diet recent­ly. If yes, it is rec­om­mend­ed to add a few mag­ne­sium-rich foods like bananas, avo­ca­dos, whole grains, seeds, and nuts. Dark choco­late is also a good source of mag­ne­sium, but most dieters pre­fer to avoid this healthy treat.

Medical Reasons for Eyebrow Twitching

One rea­son health care providers ask patients for a med­ical his­to­ry is that it pro­vides answers to ques­tions like why there would be a sud­den, unusu­al devel­op­ment like an eye­brow that keeps twitch­ing. Here are a few med­ical caus­es for twitchy eye­brows:

  • Med­ica­tions

Many med­ica­tions used to treat ADHD can cause twitch­ing, so can med­ica­tions for epilep­sy and antipsy­chotics. Even diuret­ics, used to low­er blood pres­sure, can trig­ger this side effect, prob­a­bly because they often cause a mag­ne­sium defi­cien­cy. The patients should speak with the pre­scrib­ing doc­tor about whether their eye­brow twitch is due to med­ica­tion.

  • Bell’s Pal­sy

This con­di­tion caus­es tem­po­rary facial paral­y­sis on one side of the face because of dam­age to the sev­enth cra­nial nerve. The nerve can cause twitch­ing as well.

  • Ble­pharospasm

This is a kind of dys­to­nia — invol­un­tary move­ments and pro­longed con­trac­tions — that affects the eye. It begins with eye­lids open­ing and clos­ing invol­un­tar­i­ly and can spread to oth­er facial mus­cles, includ­ing those behind the eye­brows.

  • Oth­er Dys­to­nia

Dys­to­nia around the eye­brows is seen in patients with Parkinson’s dis­ease, Tourette syn­drome, and mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis.

Patients who have suf­fered a stroke or brain injury may also expe­ri­ence eye­brow twitch­ing as their mus­cles work to realign.

Why Is My Eyebrow Twitching? Consider Lifestyle Issues

In addi­tion to diet, there are oth­er lifestyle chal­lenges that can con­tribute to facial twitch­ing, includ­ing the eye­brows.

  • Eye­strain

Too much screen­time can strain the eyes. Take some time off. Get an eye exam to see if you need glass­es or con­tact lens­es, which will great­ly reduce strain.

  • Aller­gies

A per­son hav­ing an aller­gic reac­tion gets over­loaded with his­t­a­mine, which caus­es mus­cles to con­tract. In some peo­ple, this affects facial mus­cles includ­ing the eyes and eye­brows.

  • Stress

Some peo­ple twitch when their minds or bod­ies are stressed. Lack of sleep makes this more like­ly. Pro­fes­sion­al help can assist in iden­ti­fy­ing and man­ag­ing the cause of stress.

  • Recre­ation­al Drugs, Alco­hol, and Tobac­co

Legal or not, lots of things can cause eye­brow twitch­ing because they affect the ner­vous sys­tem. Cut­ting down on any of these three may well reduce or even stop the twitch­ing.

February 20th, 2019|Comments Off on Why is My Eyebrow Twitching

About the Author:

Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.
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