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Facial Swelling

Alternate Names : Face Swelling, Swelling in the Face

Facial Swelling | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

Treatment of facial swelling is directed at its cause. Those with minor injuries may only need to keep the area clean and allow healing to occur. Those with major injuries may need sutures or surgery. Those with allergic reactions may need to be given medications, such as epinephrine.

A person with an autoimmune disorder is often given medications to suppress the immune system, such as prednisone. Infections are often treated with antibiotics. Those with a tumor or cancer may need surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

All medications have possible side effects. For instance, antibiotics can cause allergic reactions and stomach upset. Prednisone can cause mood swings, weight gain, and weak bones. Any surgery carries a risk of bleeding, infection, or allergic reactions to anesthesia.

What happens after treatment for the condition?

Those with an injury often heal and need no further treatment or monitoring. Those with an allergic reaction are advised to avoid the medication or substance that caused the reaction. Those with a tumor or cancer may need regular monitoring for years after treatment to make sure the cancer doesn't come back.

How is the condition monitored?

Those with anaphylactic shock may need close monitoring in the intensive care unit for a few days. Those with autoimmune disorders may need repeat blood tests and monitoring for side effects from the medications used to suppress the immune system. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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