What’s Causing My Cheek to Swell and How do I Treat it

What’s causing my cheek to swell?

It is not uncommon to experience swelling of your cheeks during cold or flu season. You may even feel like you have a pimple on your face. Sometimes these symptoms are mild and go away after some time without any treatment. Other times they last longer than usual and cause discomfort.

There are several reasons why your cheeks might swell:

You got a cold or flu. This could be caused by one of the following things: A virus, such as the common cold.

An allergy to something in the air, such as pollen or dust mites. Your body reacting against bacteria that live in your nose and throat. Some medications, including antibiotics and antihistamines. Certain foods, such as onions and garlic. These foods irritate your nasal passages and throat.

The most likely reason is from the first two reasons mentioned above. If you get a cold or flu, you will probably see a rash around your face within 2 days of getting sick.

This rash usually starts at the top of your head and spreads down your neck to cover all parts of your face except for the forehead area where it stops. This rash could be a sign of the common cold and not something more serious.

A rash can also be a sign of more serious conditions, such as meningitis or an allergic reaction. Swelling from these conditions usually begins on one side of your face and may involve only part of the face.

It can spread to other parts of your body, too. You may also have a stiff neck, seizures, confusion, or behavior changes. These symptoms can also be caused by a number of other conditions. It is important to see your primary care provider if you or your child are having these symptoms.

How do I treat my cheek swelling?

Below, you will find information about swollen face and eyes. Always consult your physician if you think you have a medical condition.

Mouth Infections

Get plenty of sleep. Sleep helps your body fight off infection.

Take over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Be aware that these medicines can cause stomach bleeding, especially if taken long term.

Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

See a dentist as soon as possible since toothaches are often caused by infections or tooth decay.

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