Swelling of the face

Face | General Practice | Swelling of the face (Disease)


Swelling of the face (swelling) is swelling, local change of shape and volume to the face caused by blood disorders, most often secondary to an inflammatory process locally.

Causes and Risk factors

Face swelling can be caused by inflammation, allergies, trauma or infection in the tissues of the face. Facial swelling can be due to relatively mild conditions, such as a sinus infection, or a serious or life-threatening condition, such as anaphylactic shock, that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting.

Diagnosis and Treatment

In cases with localized tumefaction CBC and ESR are the routine tests. Should be made sinus and dental radiography. If a person suspects mumps, can be tested by dosing intradermoreaction or mumps antibody titer.

If swelling is diffuse, routine investigations include: CBC, sed rate, biochemistry, urinalysis. ASLO titer can be determined, in suspicion of glomerulonephritis, but microscopic examination of urinary sediment and urine culture are more important in this situation. In suspected heart failure are useful ECG, chest radiography, lung function tests. A diagnosis of Cushing syndrome are necessary dosage and serum cortisol suppression test cortisol. Skull and long bone radiography is useful in the diagnosis of acromegaly and rapid tissue disease Paget. The swollen face, outline the lips, tongue or throat for several minutes or hours you must urge a consultation immediately.

It can be about Quinckes edema, which is due to certain drugs such as allergy, and can lead to suffocation. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that usually occurs immediately after exposure to penicillin. . ...