Facial pains and what they indicate
The first thing which comes to our find when asked about Facial pains is ‘Headache‘. Headache is one such phenomenon which is associated with our daily existence and sounds as normal as it is. Headache and facial pain is common complaints in the emergency and outpatient setting. Facial pain is pain felt in any part of the face, including the mouth and eyes. It can happen due to any injury or a headache. Facial pain may also be the result of a serious medical condition. However most causes of facial pain are harmless. If the facial pain becomes a serious cause of concern one must consult a doctor immediately.
Let’s delve into details of what causes Facial Pains?
Common causes for facial pain include
- an oral infection
- an ulcer
- open sore pus under the skin,
- toothache or serious conditions like shingles, migraine
- Sinusitis, a sinus infection or a nerve disorder
People often describe facial pain as cramp-like, stabbing, or achy. Pain from other areas in the body, such as the ears or head, may radiate or spread to your face. Often the type of pains we experience depends on a dull, throbbing pain on one side of the face or the entire mouth. It could be dental issues like cavity which leads to swelling. Sinusitis feels like pressure on the cheekbones and underneath the eyes. Facial pain usually isn’t a medical emergency but needs to be treated at the right time.
Can Facial pains be caused by the heart?
An electrocardiogram (ECG) may be necessary to see if your heart is causing the issues. For this test, small, painless electrode monitors are placed on your chest, arms, and legs. Pain caused by an infection such as sinusitis generally clears up after using antibiotics or allowing the infection to heal on its own.
Facial pain caused by a viral infection such as shingles may be associated with a rash. In some cases, the pain goes away without treatment within a few days to a few weeks. In other cases, nerve pain may persist for multiple months. If the facial pain is due to an oral condition, your dentist can treat it by prescribing antibiotics, pulling your tooth, or performing a root canal.
The treatment options available;
Facial pains can be well treated.One need to explain the doctor, about the part of the face which is hurting, the duration of the pain, the number of times one feels the pain, the kind of pain one feels, the medication one is taking and other symptoms, if experienced. Usually a doctor recommends X-ray or MRI scan to make a diagnosis and ask for a blood sample. As we know most of the facial pains are a result of dental issues but it can also be a result of an eye condition. This test is usually called tonometry examination. This test is effective in diagnosing ulcers and glaucoma.
However, sometimes facial pain caused by headaches doesn’t respond to OTC medications. The doctor may prescribe a stronger medication for pain relief if this is the case.
Hope you found this post on facial pains useful!
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