Allergy swollen face what to do

Common symptoms of an allergic reaction include:

  1. sneezing and an itchy, runny or blocked nose (allergic rhinitis)
  2. tummy pain, feeling ill, vomiting or diarrhoea
  3. a raised, itchy, red rash (hives)
  4. itchy, red, watering eyes (conjunctivitis)
  5. swollen lips, tongue, eyes or face
  6. wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and a cough
  7. dry, red and cracked skin

The symptoms vary depending on what you’re allergic to and how you come into contact with it.

Allergy swollen face what to do

For example, you may have a runny nose if exposed to pollen, develop a rash if you own a skin allergy, or feel sick if you eat something you’re allergic to.

See your GP if you or your kid might own had an allergic reaction to something. They can assist determine whether the symptoms are caused by an allergy or another condition.

Read more about diagnosing allergies.


You own an abscessed tooth.

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Having a cracked or chipped tooth or an untreated cavity can permit bacteria to sneak into the pulp—the soft innards—of your tooth, where they can multiply, says Stewart.

Allergy swollen face what to do

The abscess (a.k.a. infection) results in a collection of pus (ew) and swelling around the tooth or gums.

Allergy swollen face what to do

Translation: You’ll own a wicked toothache and jawline swelling.

Your dentist can prescribe antibiotics and will likely own to act out a root canal to remove the infected nerve; in the meantime, saltwater rinses and over-the-counter painkillers can make you more comfortable.


You’re allergic to something.

Beyond causing red eyes and a rapidly emptying tissue box, an allergic reaction to food, pollen, a medication, or any other substance can cause facial inflammation, especially around your eyes and nose, says Stewart.

Luckily there’s a quick fix: over-the-counter allergy meds can assist dial below inflammation and reduce swelling.


You’ve got a nasty sinus infection.

If the lining of your sinuses—the air-filled spaces between the eyes and behind your forehead, nose, and cheekbones—becomes inflamed or infected, they can get clogged with mucus. The pressure caused by that backup causes a dull ache around your eyes, greenish-yellow discharge from your nose, pounding headaches—and sometimes, a swollen face.

Most of the time, the infection is caused by a virus (translation: you don’t need antibiotics—just wait it out).

Allergy swollen face what to do

Focus on resting, drink lots of fluids, and attempt an over-the-counter antihistamine, says Rosalyn Stewart, M.D., associate professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


You own Cushing’s syndrome.

Yes, cortisol is a stress hormone, but it also helps regulate your blood pressure, blood sugar, and a slew of other things. When too much of it gets pumped out by your adrenal glands, it can lead to Cushing’s syndrome, a condition characterized by a circular, moon-shaped face, skin that bruises easily, and thicker or more body hair.

Cushing’s affects women almost three times more often than men, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and often crops up in people who own been on glucocorticoids, which assist inflammation, per the NIDDK.

Left untreated, Cushing’s syndrome can lead to heart attack, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, among other medical issues, says he NIDDK.


Severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis)

In rare cases, an allergy can lead to a severe allergic reaction, called anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock, which can be life threatening.

This affects the whole body and usually develops within minutes of exposure to something you’re allergic to.

Signs of anaphylaxis include any of the symptoms above, as well as:

Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment.

Read more about anaphylaxis for information about what to do if it occurs.

Sheet final reviewed: 22 November 2018
Next review due: 22 November 2021

So you woke up looking love a puffer fish, huh?

Before you blame those cocktails during dinner final night—wait, did you even own cocktails during dinner?—know that an actual medical issue could be to blame for your swollen face.

The reasons your face is swollen can vary widely—but luckily, there’s something you can do about most of them.


You own a secret sunburn.

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Yep, it’s possible to get a sunburn even if you don’t feel love you’ve been soaking up rays.

Allergy swollen face what to do

«Ultraviolet light exposure from your everyday activities adds up,” says Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital. “Not only can this cause redness, but in some cases swelling, as well.”

Nix your chances of getting a sunburn by applying sunscreen daily.

Allergy swollen face what to do

And if you’ve already gotten a sunburn, Zeichner suggests applying a light moisturizing lotion to soothe and hydrate your skin. If the burn is uncomfortable or doesn’t improve in a few days, visit a dermatologist for professional treatment.


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