You may occasionally wake up with a swollen, puffy face. This could happen as a result of pressure being placed on your face while sleeping. However, a swollen, puffy face can also arise from a facial injury or indicate an underlying medical condition. If there are no injuries to the face, facial swelling can indicate a medical emergency. In most cases, a medical professional should treat facial swelling.
Facial Swelling: Causes, Symptoms, Treatments, and More
A year-old man was admitted to the hospital with sudden onset of left-sided facial erythema and edema. He denied antecedent trauma to the face. Three days before, he noted a small pustule on the internal aspect of his left naris, which drained a small amount of purulent fluid. On the day of admission, he awoke at approximately am with a mildly swollen left face. Later that same day, the swelling progressed considerably and his speech became slurred, prompting him to seek medical attention.
Facial swelling is a common symptom with a range of possible causes, including injuries, allergic reactions, and infections. Rarely, facial swelling can be a sign of anaphylaxis, which is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment. In this article, we look at common causes of swelling of the face and how to treat them. We also cover when to see a doctor and prevention tips.
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