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Nose Twitching: Common Causes and Treatment

Nose twitching is an involuntary contraction of nose muscles and is often harmless but tends to be a bit annoying and may also affect the quality of life. Although nose twitching is involuntary, it may be possible to control the spasms temporarily.

Nose twitching is often more common in children, but it can also affect the adults. There can be a number of reasons causing nose twitching such as muscle cramps, stress and dehydration, and it could also indicate an early sign of medical condition.

But nose tics often do not indicate any serious condition, and most children outgrow them in a few months. The contractions or spasms could last between a few seconds to a few hours. Since the causes of nose spasm are not inherited, it is highly unlikely to be passed on to children.

Causes of Nose Twitching

  1. Vitamin and mineral deficiency

Our body requires minerals and nutrients in order to maintain optimum health and proper muscles functioning. Vitamins and minerals ensure certain bodily functions such as nerve function, blood circulation and muscle toning.

Some of the important nutrients required by the body are as follows:

  • Vitamin B
  • Vitamin E
  • Iron
  • Potassium
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc

In case of vitamin deficiency, doctors may recommend the use of dietary supplements. One may also require incorporating nutrient-rich diet into their daily lives.

  1. Medication

There are certain medications that can also trigger nose muscle spasms, and such medications include:

  • Diuretics
  • Asthma medicine
  • Statin medicine
  • High blood pressure medicine
  • Hormones

In case of experiencing nose twitching while on prescribed medication, it is advised to immediately consult a doctor and discuss treatments without adverse side effects.

  1. Nerve damage

Problems with the nervous system may also result in nose twitching. Certain conditions such as Parkinson’s disease can cause nerve damage and subsequently trigger nose spasms.

For someone diagnosed with nerve damage, doctors may usually suggest treatment or medication to improve symptoms and reduce muscle contractions.

  1. Facial tic disorder

Facial tic disorder is the uncontrollable facial spasms that may also result in nose twitching. The disorder can affect anyone, although the condition is more common in children. Besides nose twitching, facial tic disorder may also cause blinking eyes, raising eyebrows, clearing throat, tongue clicking, grimacing etc.

Facial spasms usually require no treatment and often resolve on their own. But a doctor’s visit may be feasible in case facial spasms start to affect the quality of life. Some treatments may be recommended, such as:

  • Medication
  • Therapy
  • Botox injection
  • Brain stimulation
  • Stress reduction program
  1. Tourette syndrome

Tourette syndrome is a neurological disorder causing a person to experience uncontrolled movements and vocalized spasms. Early symptoms are often detected during childhood. Common symptoms of Tourette syndrome include the following:

  • Rapid eye movement
  • Nose scrunching
  • Head jerking
  • Swearing
  • Sniffing
  • Repeating phrases or words

Tourette syndrome usually requires no medication as long as it does not affect normal physical and mental working. Anyone diagnosed with Tourette syndrome should consult a doctor and discuss effective treatment options.

The Bottom Line

Nose twitching may be caused as a common side effect from a recent diet or medication. However, relentless twitching or tics may cause harm to the person and may require medical intervention. So in case anyone is experiencing the worsening spasms or adverse reactions, it is best to pay a visit to a doctor and discuss the symptoms and options available for treatment. The doctor will be able to suggest the best course of action after a detailed examination.

Tom Brendon

Tom Brendon has completed his nutrition undergrad in the UK and received his Master's degree from Canada in health education and specializes in human health and pediatrics. He began his career as a writer for Nutritionline in 2014 and Authority Health in 2016. He has considerable research experience and currently writes nutrition and health articles for general readership. He enjoys outdoor activities, snowboarding and spending quality time with family and friends.

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