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Why does my jaw seem out of place and swollen on one side?

Why does my jaw seem out of place and swollen on one side?

Uncertain: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. ...Read more

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Consistently moderately swollen mandibular jaw on one side and tongue. Can they be connected? No pain or warmth (could it still be infection without?)

Consistently moderately swollen mandibular jaw on one side and tongue. Can they be connected? No pain or warmth (could it still be infection without?)

See Oral Surgeon: This is not a normal occurrence. See your Oral Surgeon ASAP during the next week. Requires further investigation which may include CT scan. Very important to get this checked. Do not wait. Good Luck. ...Read more

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My jaw is painful on one side when I yawn. The pain seems to extend up towards my ear. It feels slightly swollen also. What might be the cause?

My jaw is painful on one side when I yawn. The pain seems to extend up towards my ear. It feels slightly swollen also. What might be the cause?

TMJ problem: One possibility is TMJ dysfunction and/or dislocation. This is the joint of your jaw by your ear that opens and closes your jaw. There are many reasons for problems with this joint. Talk to dentist or maxillo-facial surgeon about problems. Other possibility is an infection in the area, m either in tooth, jaw bone itself, gums or ear. So if feeling sick or have fever, problem is more urgent- see doc. ...Read more

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I have a painful gum near the back of my jaw. My wisdoms have not been removed. The saliva on one side has a slight odour to it. 1 tonsil swollen too?

I have a painful gum near the back of my jaw. My wisdoms have not been removed. The saliva on one side has a slight odour to it. 1 tonsil swollen too?

Sounds like: Sounds like you need to see two specialist’s. You need to see an Oral Surgeon to evaluate wisdom teeth and surrounding tissues, and an ENT to evaluate your tonsils. Concern is infection, so call now. ...Read more

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Sore swollen and throbbing gums. Small lumps in cheek at jaw line one on either side.

See your dentist: Swollen, throbbing gums and small lumps in cheek can be a sign that you are at risk for, or already have, advanced gum disease. Untreated gingivitis or tooth infection can lead to the bone graft loss and other health problems. See your dentist ASAP because the sooner you treat it the better the outcome. ...Read more

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Dr said I have mono. Lymph nodes swollen on underside od jaw and just noticed one on the left side above collar bone. Is this normal?

Dr said I have mono. Lymph nodes swollen on underside od jaw and just noticed one on the left side above collar bone. Is this normal?

Typical for mono: This sounds normal for infectious mononucleosis. Enlarged lymph nodes can occur all over the body, and above the collarbone (the supraclavicular fossa, in medical terminology) is a common site. That said, mono is pretty uncommon above age 25. Discuss with your doctor if any doubt about the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Feels like two permanently swollen lymph nodes, just on left side of neck. One under jaw, other lower down neck. No pain, but always there. Reasons?

Feels like two permanently swollen lymph nodes, just on left side of neck. One under jaw, other lower down neck. No pain, but always there. Reasons?

Cervical Lymph Nodes: Enlargement of the lymph nodes in the anterior chain of the neck can be a sign of active infection or occult disease. Non tender but enlarged lump nodes in the neck may be reacting to infections drainage from the head and neck including mononucleosis, &HIV disease.
Lymphomas may present with non tender lymph node enlargement. Consider a head and neck exam and maybe antibiotics and needle biopsy. ...Read more

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I have a large swollen mass on the left side of my throat under my jaw, one on the right side of my neck and one above my collarbone on the right side?

I have a large swollen mass on the left side of my throat under my jaw, one on the right side of my neck and one above my collarbone on the right side?

Sounds like: Enlarged lymph nodes. Lymph nodes can enlarge with infection, inflammation, or rarely with malignancy such as lymphoma and Hodgkin's disease. It is best to consult with a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I had a tonsillectomy on Tues. One side of my jaw is more swollen and painful than the other and ear ache I'm experiencing is unbearable, infection?

I had a tonsillectomy on Tues. One side of my jaw is more swollen and painful than the other and ear ache I'm experiencing is unbearable, infection?

Infections post op: Your symptoms warrant an urgent call to the surgeon now. If he is not available ask for the covering doctor on call. If no one responds then I recommend going to the nearest emergency room ASAP. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a deep sinus infection to cause a swollen jaw and the back gums and teeth on one side to hurt really bad?

Is it possible for a deep sinus infection to cause a swollen jaw and the back gums and teeth on one side to hurt really bad?

Could Be: Actual swelling (that is look in the mirror and your face is puffy) from a sinusitis is not very common, but can occur in severe cases. Dental pain due to sinusitis is quite common and is usually focused in the upper back teeth. A bad tooth can mimic a sinusitis as well...or even cause sinusitis on rare occasions. Your dentist should be able to determine the source and treat/refer as needed. ...Read more

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Would lymphoma in a 4 yo present with only one swollen lymph node under jaw? He also has a perforated ear drum on the same side. Could that cause it?

Would lymphoma in a 4 yo present with only one swollen lymph node under jaw? He also has a perforated ear drum on the same side. Could that cause it?

Nope: I would not expect the individual node to be likely for lymphoma in your child at this age. You are astute in suspecting it is related 2 the tm perforation. This is not the exact location the tm perf would cause a node, however, the illness that precipitated the perf in the first place could definitely lead to "reactive adenopathy" in that region. (lymph nodes that react to fight infections) ...Read more

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Bumps on middle of forehead. Painful and itchy. Started as 5 or 6 small bumps and are now 2 big ones. Swollen lymph nodes on left side of neck/jaw.

Bumps on middle of forehead. Painful and itchy. Started as 5 or 6 small bumps and are now 2 big ones. Swollen lymph nodes on left side of neck/jaw.

Infection, shingles?: This sounds like a skin infection of some sort. It could be a bacterial infection (e.g. staph, strep, etc) but I'm more suspicious of herpes zoster (shingles). See a doctor ASAP. If bacterial, you'll need an antibiotic. If shingles, an antiviral drug (e.g. valacyclovir) needs to be started very soon to have maximum benefit. ...Read more

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Left side One swollen tonsils and jaw pain with no fever no soar throat nothing else with 412 eosiphinol

Left side One swollen tonsils and jaw pain with no fever no soar throat nothing else with 412 eosiphinol

Enlarged tonsil: This may be tendonitis despite lack of sore throat. The jaw pain may be referred from tonsillar inflammation. Evaluation by your physician, oral surgeon or an otolaryngologist is advised. Testing would include a throat culture to check for strep and also a monotest and cbc. Your eosinophil count of 412 is nonspecific. ...Read more

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My friend is concerned she might have cancer. She feels tired, neck hurts and swollen lymph nodes under jaw and neck and breast. One ear canal is inflamed and back of skull on one side is sore. Her sinuses are clear. Dry throat but not sore.

My friend is concerned she might have cancer. She feels tired, neck hurts and swollen lymph nodes under jaw and neck and breast. One ear canal is inflamed and back of skull on one side is sore. Her sinuses are clear. Dry throat but not sore.

? cancer: While what you have described above looks like an infection. Anyone who is concerned that they may have cancer should go to be seen by their doctor. Even if its revealed to be an infection - its worth it for peace of mind ...Read more

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Headace and it feels that her one side of her head is swollen?

Headace and it feels that her one side of her head is swollen?

Migraine?: A common cause of one sided headache is migraine syndrome, which can also cause a sense of fullness on one side of the head. There are many other possible causes. If headaches are a significant concern, please see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a small movable lump on lower left head slightly from the back center, I don't have any symptoms, its just felt that my left side is more swollen than the right one?

I have a small movable lump on lower left head slightly from the back center, I don't have any symptoms, its just felt that my left side is more swollen than the right one?

BetterGetItChecked: It may be a cyst or a lipoma (fatty tumor)But we can not say exactly what it is without examination. I suggest you have it checked by your doctor to make the diagnosis and to know if it needs to be incised ...Read more

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Can TMJ cause the indent on the side of my head to be swollen? There uneven it's been like that for a while one side comes out more then the other is it something serious?

Can TMJ cause the indent on the side of my head to be swollen? There uneven it's been like that for a while one side comes out more then the other is it something serious?

See a TMJ dentist: Possible displacement of the disk can cause harm to the joint. A TMJ work -up maybe recommended. The sooner the treatment, the better to prevent further damage. ...Read more

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If one lymph node on the back, right side of head is swollen and painful where is it possibly fighting an infection from. Sinus?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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Can one side of your nose being obstructed from having a nasal turbinate swollen. Cause head pressure constantly?

Can one side of your nose being obstructed from having a nasal turbinate swollen. Cause head pressure constantly?

Congestion: Nasal congestion can be from structural problems in the nasal cavities such as deviated septum or large turbinates. Inflammation from the nose from allergy, colds and sinus infection can cause or worsen congestion. Swollen turbinates can certainly cause these symptoms. It is valuable to have that confirmed by your doctor, but treatment would include using allergy nose sprays. Ie.flonase ...Read more

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Billions of lice in head, can cause rubbery hard swollen lymph node on right side of neck for more than one month?

Billions of lice in head, can cause rubbery hard swollen lymph node on right side of neck for more than one month?

Yes: Lice is a parasite infection. As such, lymph node swelling is expected, especially with such a large infestation. Get the lice treated and if the glands don't go down in 2 weeks, then see your internist. ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph nodes in the neck one under left of chin and one in back of head right side don't have any symptoms had them for about 3 months?

I have swollen lymph nodes in the neck one under left of chin and one in back of head right side don't have any symptoms had them for about 3 months?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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Why is one side of my nose is swollen doctor says allergic rhinitis and it causes me head pressure and tightness?

Why is one side of my nose is swollen doctor says allergic rhinitis and it causes me head pressure and tightness?

Deviation/allergy: In allergy, both sides of the nose are involved and the natural nasal cycle leads to one side more congested than the other about every 3 hours. If only one side is congested, then you need to consider a crooked nasal septum to be the problem. ...Read more

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I have a swollen tonsil and extreme pain. Should I go to the er? One of my tonsils is swollen, my throat is swollen, I am having a hard time breathing, massive headaches - shooting pains... Only on the right side of my head, heart flutters and shakes. I h

I have a swollen tonsil and extreme pain. Should I go to the er? One of my tonsils is swollen, my throat is swollen, I am having a hard time breathing, massive headaches - shooting pains... Only on the right side of my head, heart flutters and shakes. I h

Trouble: Trouble breathing can be a scary symptom and an emergency. If youfeel it is an emergency then definitely go to the er.

A swollen tonsila nd sore throat can be as simple as a virus or can be serious. A full history would include how long youhave had these symptoms. If it is acute and accompanied by fever, then you should see a primary care doctor for a possible strep throat. You doctor can determine if this is appropriate. If it has been there longer than 2-3 weeks, is getting worse, you have other lumps int he neck, then you should go to your doctor to rule out other serious conditions. ...Read more