Face pain that affects more than the face Face pain that affects more than the face

Face pain has many causes and can be described as being dull and throbbing, or intense and sharp.

According to the website MedlinePlus, some causes of face pain include a tooth abscess on one side of the face that worsens while eating or that palpates, a headache, oral herpes, lesions, fibromyalgia, sinusitis (an infection of the paranasal sinuses) and trigeminal neuralgia (TN). Bone fractures –especially in the bones of the nose, cheeks and in the jawbone – are common problems that occur in the face.

There are also severe cases that, when not treated on time, can affect the eyes and a person’s ability to speak, breathe and swallow.

Assessing face pain in order to get a diagnosis is key to obtaining a complete and detailed description of it in order to identify its location, how the pain is radiating, and whether it occurs during the day, at night, is intermittent or persists over time. The patient’s medical history is also important, especially their psychological or psychiatric state, as depression is a common cause of why these pains develop.

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