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Other Names:
Facial Pain, Pain in Face
Face Pain

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Face pain can be described as dull, throbbing, intense or stabbing discomfort in one or both sides of the face or forehead.

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  • No known reason
  • Nerve disorder e.g. trigemminal neuralgia, shingles (herpes zoster infection)
  • Facial injury
  • Infection e.g. cellulitis of face, cold sore, boils
  • Tooth abscess
  • Sinusitis (pain and tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones that becomes worse when bending forward.
  • Migraine
  • Cluster headache.
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Imminent heart attack
  • Referred pain from ear

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What You Can Do

  • Treat the underlying cause
  • Painkillers may provide some relief
  • Consult your physician if:
    • Persistent pain
    • Face Pain is accompanied by chest, shoulder, neck or arm pain (symptoms of an imminent heart attack)
    • Throbbing pain, aggravated by chewing, eating and is worse on one side.

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Face Pain