Eyebrow twitching is a common problem experienced by all of us at some point in our life. It is the spasms of muscles situated around the eyebrows. Usually twitching is an involuntary process, it occurs spontaneously without giving any prior indications. Sometime the twitching is mild and lasts for few minutes or seconds, many times it may be a constant process and a person can feel the sensation for many days.
The continuous or occasional throbbing sensation in and around the eyebrows is not a serious problem, but definitely an annoying condition that may disturb your routine activities. Actually there is no definite reason known for eyebrow and upper eyelid twitching, it is assumed that the brain sends signals to the nerves that control contractions of the eyebrow muscles.
What Causes Twitching Of Eyebrows?
There are many reasons that are blamed to trigger twitching of eyebrows and eyelid. Some of the causes are not grave; they go away as fast as they have come. When twitching of eyelids continues for weeks, there may be other reasons that need attention. The most common causes are;
Fatigue and tiredness: a fatigued and tired eye due to lack of sleep or extreme strain to the eyes due to overwork can lead to spasms of muscles around the eyes.
Dehydration: loss of body fluid can cause spasm and twitching of eyebrows. Dehydration can affect any muscles of the body; it can also affect the muscles of the eyebrows. Since muscles need enough amounts of water and electrolytes to carry out its functioning, neglecting to correct water and fluid loss can cause spasms of eyebrow muscles.
Stress: stress can cause tiredness and fatigue. Reducing stress from your life is one way to get relief from repeated involuntary twitching of eyebrows. If the problem is chronic, try to identify the cause behind your stress and try to solve it. Yoga and meditation are very useful for relieving stress and strain.
Why Is My Eyebrow Twitching?
Deficiency of certain minerals such as calcium, magnesium in your diet can lead to twitching of muscles. This may also affect your eyelids and eyebrow muscles. Eat foods rich in calcium such as milk, and dairy products, fish, tofu, peas and baked beans, and calcium fortified cereals. Magnesium rich foods consist of rice, wheat and oats, pumpkin, sunflower and watermelon seeds.
Drinking excess of coffee, tea, alcohol, and other stimulating drinks can be responsible for muscle spasms, as the nerves and muscles get over stimulated. If that is the triggering factor try to reduce the intake or avoid drinking and observe the change.
Some medical problems are also suspected to cause twitching of eyebrows. Hypothyroidism, influenza, sinusitis, Cushing’s syndrome, anemia and food poisoning are known to cause spasms of body muscles including that of eyebrows and eyelids.
How To Stop A Twitching Eyebrow?
Though spasm of eyebrows is not a serious condition, sometimes it can be a sign of some underlying ailment that may need medical attention.
- There is no specific treatment for twitching of eyebrows; however few home remedies such as a gentle massage may help more circulation of blood in the muscles and help to reduce the spasms.
- Alternate hot water and cold compresses helps to relieve muscle spasm. A hot shower may also help in relieving continuous twitching of eyebrows.
- Many times the twitch goes away after a sound eight hour sleep.
- Taking a break between works, especially for computer operators is important to prevent eyebrow twitching.