Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Tender Face Overview

Another name for Tender Face is Facial Tenderness.

What causes facial tenderness?
A person with facial tenderness has pain when light pressure is applied to the face. Facial tenderness may be due to an injury, inflammation, or infection. Common causes include facial fracture, facial contusion, sinusitis, and parotitis.

What symptoms can be associated with facial tenderness?
Symptoms that may be associated with facial tenderness include facial pain, facial swelling, nasal discharge, sinus congestion, headache, sore throat, cough, and fever.

How does the doctor diagnose facial tenderness?
The doctor will usually suspect the underlying cause for facial tenderness after taking your history and performing an examination. Testing may be recommended in some cases when the diagnosis is in question. Testing may include CBC, sinus x-rays, facial bone x-rays, and sputum culture. CT scanning of the face and sinuses may be recommended in a smaller number of patients.

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