Facial Swelling Home Care
- Apply warm compresses for pain:
- Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 1-2 hours.
- Apply cold compresses for injuries:
- Wrap ice in a moist hand towel. Do not apply ice directly to the skin.
- Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 1-2 hours, for the first few days.
- Elevate the head of your bed.
- Take prescribed medications as directed.
- Oral antihistamines for allergic swelling:
- Maintain good oral hygiene:
- Brush your teeth after meals and at bedtime.
- Floss your teeth every day.
- Gargle with dilute saltwater three times per day.
- See your dentist every 6 months.
- Acetaminophen for pain
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Take prescribed medications as directed:
Facial Swelling Low Salt Diet
A person with facial swelling may benefit from a low salt diet.
A low salt diet contains less than 1,500 mg (1.5 grams) of salt per day. One teaspoon of salt contains about 2,300 mg of sodium.
Tips on how to reduce your salt consumption:
- Avoid cooking with salt.
- Avoid fast food.
- Avoid salty foods, such as pickles, cured meats, salty snacks, and canned soup.
- Avoid seasonings that contain sodium, such as soy sauce, steak sauce, garlic and onion salt, and monosodium glutamate.
- Do not add salt to your food after it is prepared.
- Read food labels and buy foods that are low in salt.
- When eating out, ask that your food be prepared without added salt.
Facial Swelling Warning Signs
Notify your doctor if you have facial swelling and any of the following:
- Worsening rash that covers more than a quarter of the body
- Bee, wasp or hornet sting and a history for severe reactions to stings
- Large blisters on the skin
- Lip swelling
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty swallowing
- Mouth or tongue swelling
- Worsening facial swelling
- Worsening facial pain
- Worsening fever
- Worsening wheezing
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