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Doctor insights on: Is Warm Compresses Better For A Swollen Face Instead Of Cold Packs

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Swollen Face (Definition)

= facial distention due to fluid build up. This may be due to trauma, life-threatening allergic reactions, ...Read more


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What can we do to make our child's toothache feel better until we can get to the dentist? He's six, and is in a good deal of pain from a toothache, with a swollen face. Cold compresses don't seem to be doing much. Is there anything else we can use? .

What can we do to make our child's toothache feel better until we can get to the dentist? He's six, and is in a good deal of pain from a toothache, with a swollen face. Cold compresses don't seem to be doing much. Is there anything else we can use? .

GET HELP: Toothache with swelling almost certainly means infection. Advil (ibuprofen) may help mask symptoms, but will not cure infection that will only get worse and spread (quickly in children). Yhou son needs help, and he needs it now. Please call your dentist, endodontist, oral surgeon, pediatric dentist, or go to er. Don't wait. ...Read more

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Iv fatigue, body pain, intolerance to cold & heat, frequent cold, swollen face, irregular periods, pcos diagnosed. Bt my thyroid results came out as normal?

Iv fatigue, body pain, intolerance to cold & heat, frequent cold, swollen face, irregular periods, pcos diagnosed. Bt my thyroid results came out as normal?

FATIGUE EVAL: You need full EXAM AND labs. CBC/CMP/B12/FOLATE /TFTS/VITD/CRP//SED RATE//IRON STUDIES/LYME TITERS. Start a. Gluten free diet Wholeapproach. Com gutbliss. Com. And high potency vitamins. Rejuvenation-science. Com Then review results if no firm diagnosis is made, a sleep study may be necessary many subtle sleepdisorders cause Fatigue ...Read more

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My mother (86 years old) has under her eyes swollen area. I put a cold pack on her face and it seems to be going down. What causes this? Very conce

My mother (86 years old) has under her eyes swollen area. I put a cold pack on her face and it seems to be going down. What causes this? Very conce

Eye lid edema...: At your mothers age if this is something new it could represent a manifestation of fluid retention. Would suggest seeing the family doctor who can decide if ophthalmological intervention is necessary ...Read more

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My lower eyelid is swollen n sore I believe it is a stye so eye doctor or my pcp or is it a waste of time just use warm compresses?

My lower eyelid is swollen n sore I believe it is a stye so eye doctor or my pcp or is it a waste of time just use warm compresses?

Possible stye: I would try first using hot compresses for 15 to 20 minutes several times to see if will go down on its own. If the bump persists, gets larger, or more painful you may need some prescription medication to help it go down. ...Read more

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Dry patches on face cheeks and around the eyes. Looks like atopic dermatitis. Could be due to doing warm compresses for MGD? How to repair skin barrier

Dry patches on face cheeks and around the eyes. Looks like atopic dermatitis. Could be due to doing warm compresses for MGD? How to repair skin barrier

Mgt: There are several products which can be used. I would suggest a major brand line cream for eczema. Use the product three times daily, Avoid immersion of face in water for more than brief time periods. An hypoallergenic facial wash and no make up products may also help
If these measures do not provide improvement, then please see your PCP.
If the rash is generalized, please see your Dermatologist. ...Read more

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My daughter has had a terrible cold, diagnosed with strep and now has swollen face on one side. Could the swelling be mumps?

My daughter has had a terrible cold, diagnosed with strep and now has swollen face on one side. Could the swelling be mumps?

It would be more: Likely to be related to the strep as mumps is from a different organism. Is swelling is significant or impacting her airway - please let her doctor know. Take care. ...Read more

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I have cold 365 days a year and a swollen face since years. I do not have headache or facial pain. What could this be?

I have cold 365 days a year and a swollen face since years. I do not have headache or facial pain. What could this be?

Facial congestion: Chronic facial congestion or sinus pain are often caused by allergies - such as hayfever, or other allergies. See your doctor or an allergist to find out. ...Read more

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My son has a really swollen face with his tonsillitis, is this quite normal?

My son has a really swollen face with his tonsillitis, is this quite normal?

No: Significant facial swelling is unlikely a part of tonsillitis. Have him checked by his doctor or take him to er. ...Read more

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How long until swollen face from tooth absess goes away??

How long until swollen face from tooth absess goes away??

Treatment: It depends on how it is being treated... has your dentist started root canal therapy or given you antibiotics? Without care the abscess will not heal on its own. ...Read more

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Ok d so I woke up with swollen face and eyes. What could have caused this?

Ok d so I woke up with swollen face and eyes. What could have caused this?

? Allergic reaction: Your description could be related to an allergic reaction although other issues can cause similar symptoms. See your regular doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can cause mouth pain/swollen face besides an abscess?

Is there anything that can cause mouth pain/swollen face besides an abscess?

See your dentist: A fractured root, periodontal disease, inflamed temporomandibular joint, allergic reaction and trauma can contribute to facial swelling. ...Read more

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What could be the hormonal causes for a swollen face? Cushing's and thyroid being ruled out.

What could be the hormonal causes for a swollen face? Cushing's and thyroid being ruled out.

Swollen face: The only thing I can think of is swelling of glands on each side of your face. That would not cause total facial swelling your doctor did not see anything like that. A second opinion never hurts. ...Read more

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I am experiencing hives (urticaria) and swollen face. The following also describes me: Skin rash. What should I do?

I am experiencing hives (urticaria) and swollen face. The following also describes me: Skin rash. What should I do?

Go to ER now: It sounds like you may have developed an allergic reaction. If you have a swollen face, it can get worse with swelling of your tongue and theist and airways. Please visit ER immediately to get an examination and treatment ...Read more

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After a recent epidural steroid injection, I developed a really flushed and swollen face. Is this dangerous? Or is it a commonplace thing?

After a recent epidural steroid injection, I developed a really flushed and swollen face. Is this dangerous? Or is it a commonplace thing?

Normal side effect: This will pass after a few weeks at the most. I would discuss with your doctor to either reduce the dose if you need this next time or consider non-steroidal options. ...Read more

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I took clindamycin for ten days. Two pills four times a day for abscess and swollen face (facial cellulite due to abscess) How long before I can drink?

I took clindamycin for ten days. Two pills four times a day for abscess and swollen face (facial cellulite due to abscess) How long before I can drink?

Antibiotics: If you have finished the antibiotics and no longer have any signs or symptoms of an infection- you may resume your social activities. ...Read more

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Hayfever : swollen eyes (itching)and swollen face. How to cure. Any medication for it.

Hayfever : swollen eyes (itching)and swollen face. How to cure. Any medication for it.

Antihistamine now!: When you have acute symptoms, take an antihistamine by mouth, such as cetirizine 10mg (Zyrtec) or fexofenadine (Allegra) 180mg, cold compresses to eyelids and face, also eye drops such as ketotifen. If this does not do the job, see a physician. If it happens often, you should see an allergist/immunologist. ...Read more

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Cause of a swollen face near the lips and swollen glands in neck?

Cause of a swollen face near the lips and swollen glands in neck?

Allergic reaction.: I am concerned that you may be experiencing a hypersensitivity reaction to something, or at the very least, you are having some type of infection. Take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) in the short term, but see your physician for an exam and possible labwork in the next day or 2. ...Read more

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Should you get a swollen face a day after a car accident?

Should you get a swollen face a day after a car accident?

See a doctor: Swelling of the face after trauma could signal a significant injury such as facial fracture. Please see a doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Can renal failure cause swollen face?

Can renal failure cause swollen face?

Yes: When kidneys lose function you cannot eliminate salt and water. As it accumulates in the body it causes swelling in the face, belly and other areas. ...Read more

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Serious tooth problems causing a swollen face, what can I do?

Serious tooth problems causing a swollen face, what can I do?

Please get urgent: Care. You could have an abscess. Bacterial infections can spread to contiguous structures. Please see dentist now. ...Read more

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Woke up to a swollen face and small red splotches all over. What causes this?

Woke up to a swollen face and small red splotches all over. What causes this?

Hives: It sounds like an allergic reaction of some type possibly hives especially if the spots are coming and going. Contact allergic reactions may also cause rashes such as what you have described. If you are feeling a burning or a painful sensation then infection or an inflammatory process may be the cause. Irregardless it sounds like you need to visit your dermatologist or primary care doctor. ...Read more

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Could ingrown hair lead to a swollen face?

Could ingrown hair lead to a swollen face?

Yes: It sounds like you have cellilitis which is an infectious and inflammatory condition that should be evaluated and treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

Warm Compresses (Definition)

Warm (not hot) compresses increase circulation to the skin and ...Read more


Compresses (Definition)

Warm compresses can increase milk flow and cold ...Read more