Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Symptoms Evaluation Treatment Home Care low salt diet warning signs Underlying Cause Anatomy

Facial Swelling Overview

What is facial swelling?
A person with facial swelling has enlargement of the soft tissues that cover the face. Facial swelling may be due to allergies, inflammation, or infection. Two common causes for facial swelling are angioedema and cellulitis.

What are the symptoms of facial swelling?
Symptoms that occur with facial swelling include a change in vision, dental pain, eye pain, eye redness, facial pain, facial tenderness, fever, headache, jaw pain, neck pain, fainting, rash, nasal congestion, and runny nose.

How does the doctor treat facial swelling?
The treatment of facial swelling depends on the underlying cause. General treatment for facial swelling may include cold compresses, warm compresses, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Some may require antibiotics and decongestants.

Continue to Facial Swelling Symptoms

Last Updated: Aug 18, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
Copyright DSHI Systems, Inc. Powered by: FreeMD - Your Virtual Doctor

PubMed Facial Swelling References
  1. Cohen EG, Soliman AM. Changing trends in angioedema. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2001 Aug;110(8):701-6. [11510724]
  2. Khanna G, Sato Y, Smith RJ, Bauman NM, Nerad J. Causes of facial swelling in pediatric patients: correlation of clinical and radiologic findings. Radiographics. 2006 Jan-Feb;26(1):157-71. [16418250]
  3. O'Brien JG, Chennubhotla SA, Chennubhotla RV. Treatment of edema. Am Fam Physician. 2005 Jun 1;71(11):2111-7. [15952439]
  4. Ustundag E, Iseri M, Keskin G, Yayla B, Muezzinoglu B. Cervical bronchogenic cysts in head and neck region. J Laryngol Otol. 2005 Jun;119(6):419-23. [15992465]
FreeMD is provided for information purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for evaluation and treatment by a physician. Please review our terms of use.