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Facial Contusion Overview

What is a facial contusion?
A person with a facial contusion has bruised the soft tissues of the face. A contusion is a collection of blood beneath the skin, caused by an injury to the blood vessels. A black eye is a common type of facial contusion that occurs around the eye.

What are the symptoms of a facial contusion?
Symptoms of facial contusions include facial pain, facial swelling, facial bruising, and facial tenderness.

How does the doctor treat a facial contusion?
Treatment for facial contusions includes cold compresses, soft diet, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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Last Updated: Aug 2, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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