Tingling in the cheeks can occur as a result of cold temperature exposure, injury or nerve damage, according to Healthgrades. Some chronic conditions such as multiple sclerosis can also cause tingling sensations in the face. People may be experiencing a stroke if they feel tingling elsewhere in the body.
Some facial tingling is benign and signals a lapse in communication between the nerves in the brain and body, notes Healthgrades. It can also occur due to shingles, migraines, poison exposure or vitamin deficiencies. In severe cases, tingling in the face can indicate the presence of a brain tumor. The onset and duration of facial tingling can help to diagnose the cause of the sensation. For example, tingling that develops in the face rapidly is likely due to some type of localized injury. Tingling related to neuropathy appears slowly and gradually progresses as the condition worsens.
It is possible for tingling in the face to accompany additional symptoms, such as muscle weakness, numbness, pain, burning sensations, blistering or sensitivity to touch. According to Healthgrades, medical attention should be sought immediately if facial tingling is accompanied by changes in speech patterns, tingling in the arms or legs on only one side of the body, dizziness, vision changes, confusion, hallucinations or extreme headaches.