Facial pain is any kind of pain that is felt in any part of the face. This could be due to an injury or a chronic headache. In some cases, this pain can be a result of a chronic illness as well. Oral infections, toothache, ulcers in the mouth are all common causes of facial pain. In most cases, this pain is often temporary and goes away when the underlying condition is treated.
HOW IS FACIAL PAIN DIAGNOSED?
The health care practitioner will ask for details of symptoms and medical history and do a physical exam. He will recommend for a dentist for tooth problems if any. Neurological tests will be performed if nerve damage could be a problem.
The other tests include:
• Dental x-rays (if a tooth problem is suspected)
• ECG (if heart problems are suspected)
• Tonometry (if glaucoma is suspected)
• X-rays of the sinuses
HOW IS FACIAL PAIN TREATED?
The treatment is based on the cause of the problem. Pain caused by an infection such as sinusitis generally clears up after using antibiotics or allowing the infection to heal on its own. In cases of pain due to dental issues the dentist will prescribe pain killers and other medications for relief from pain or may perform surgery to treat the problem.
DID YOU KNOW?
If the facial pain that you experience is sudden and radiates from your chest or left arm, it may indicate a medical emergency. This can be a sign of an impending heart attack and you need to seek immediate medical help.