BACK TOTOP Browse A-ZSearchBrowse A-ZABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ0-9 E-mail FormEmail ResultsName:Email address:Recipients Name:Recipients address:Message: Print-FriendlyBookmarksbookmarks-menuFacial swellingPuffy face; Swelling of the face; Moon face; Facial edemaFacial swelling is the buildup of fluid in the tissues of the face. Swelling may also affect the neck and upper arms. Considerations If the facial swelling is mild, it may be hard to detect. Let the health care provider know the following:Pain and where it hurts How long the swelling has lasted What makes it better or worse If you have other symptoms Causes Causes of facial swelling may include:Allergic reaction (allergic rhinitis, hay fever, or a bee sting) Allergic reactionAllergic reactions are sensitivities to substances called allergens that come into contact with the skin, nose, eyes, respiratory tract, and gastroin...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Allergic rhinitisAllergic rhinitis is a diagnosis associated with a group of symptoms affecting the nose. These symptoms occur when you breathe in something you are ...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Bee stingInsect bites and stings can cause an immediate skin reaction. The bite from fire ants and the sting from bees, wasps, and hornets are most often pai...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Angioedema AngioedemaAngioedema is swelling that is similar to hives, but the swelling is under the skin instead of on the surface. Hives are often called welts. They a...Read Article Now Book Mark Article Blood transfusion reaction Blood transfusion reactionA hemolytic transfusion reaction is a serious complication that can occur after a blood transfusion. The reaction occurs when the red blood cells th...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Cellulitis CellulitisCellulitis is a common skin infection caused by bacteria. It affects the middle layer of the skin (dermis) and the tissues below. Sometimes, muscle...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Conjunctivitis (inflammation of the eye) ConjunctivitisThe conjunctiva is a clear layer of tissue lining the eyelids and covering the white of the eye. Conjunctivitis occurs when the conjunctiva becomes ...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Drug reactions, including those due to aspirin, penicillin, sulfa, glucocorticoids, and others Head, nose, or jaw surgery Injury or trauma to the face (such as a burn) Malnutrition (when severe) Obesity ObesityObesity means weighing more than what is healthy for a given height. Obesity is a serious, chronic disease. It can lead to other health problems, i...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Salivary gland disorders Sinusitis SinusitisSinusitis is present when the tissue lining the sinuses become swollen or inflamed. It occurs as the result of an inflammatory reaction or an infect...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Stye with swelling around the infected eye StyeMost bumps on the eyelid are styes. A stye is an inflamed oil gland on the edge of your eyelid, where the eyelash meets the lid. It appears as a re...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Tooth abscessTooth abscessA tooth abscess is a pocket of pus caused by a bacterial infection.ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Home Care Apply cold compresses to reduce swelling from an injury. Raise the head of the bed (or use extra pillows) to help reduce facial swelling. When to Contact a Medical Professional Call your provider if you have:Sudden, painful, or severe facial swelling Facial swelling that lasts a while, particularly if it is getting worse over time Difficulty breathing Fever, tenderness, or redness, which suggests infection What to Expect at Your Office Visit Emergency treatment is needed if facial swelling is caused by burns or if you have breathing problems.The provider will ask about your medical and personal history. This helps determine treatment or if any medical tests are needed. Questions may include:How long has the facial swelling lasted? When did it begin? What makes it worse? What makes it better? Have you come into contact with something you might be allergic to? What medicines are you taking? Did you recently injure your face? Did you have a medical test or surgery recently? What other symptoms do you have? For example: facial pain, sneezing, difficulty breathing, hives or rash, eye redness, fever.Facial painFace pain may be dull and throbbing or an intense, stabbing discomfort in the face or forehead. It can occur in one or both sides.Read Article Now Book Mark Article Difficulty breathingBreathing difficulty may involve:Difficult breathing Uncomfortable breathingFeeling like you are not getting enough airImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article HivesHives are raised, often itchy, red bumps (welts) on the surface of the skin. They can be an allergic reaction to food or medicine. They can also ap...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article RashRashes involve changes in the color, feeling or texture of your skin.ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Eye rednessEye redness is most often due to swollen or dilated blood vessels. This makes the surface of the eye look red or bloodshot.ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article FeverFever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to a disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or abov...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Open ReferencesReferencesDinulos JGH. Urticaria, angioedema and pruritus. In: Dinulos JGH, ed. Habif's Clinical Dermatology: A Color Guide in Diagnosis and Therapy. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:chap 6.Guluma K, Lee JE. Ophthalmology. In: Walls RM, Hockberger RS, Gausche-Hill M, eds. Rosen's Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2018:chap 61.Pedigo RA, Amsterdam JT. Oral medicine. In: Walls RM, Hockberger RS, Gausche-Hill M, eds. Rosen's Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2018:chap 60.Pfaff JA, Moore GP. Otolaryngology. In: Walls RM, Hockberger RS, Gausche-Hill M, eds. Rosen's Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2018:chap 62.AllVideoImagesTogEdema - central on the face - illustration This person has noticeable swelling (edema) of the face.Edema - central on the faceillustrationEdema - central on the face - illustration This person has noticeable swelling (edema) of the face.Edema - central on the faceillustrationRelated Information Review Date: 1/16/2021 Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team. 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