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Facial swelling

About facial swelling:

Facial swelling, or cellulitis, may be caused by physical trauma such as a injury, bite or sting. It may also develop because of an infected tooth with an abscess. A dental abscess is a collection of pus that is frequently caused by bacteria. It requires immediate medical attention by a physician.
Cellulitis occurs when a bacterial infection penetrates through the tooth and root and into the bone. In most cases, we cannot treat the affected tooth until the cellulitis is resolved. Your child will need to be prescribed or administered an antibiotic from a medical doctor.

What you can do:

If your child has facial swelling, apply an ice pack to the affected area and go see your pediatrician as soon as possible.

Visit an emergency room immediately if any of the following symptoms are present:

  • Chills, fever, or vomiting
  • Any facial swelling
  • Increased swelling or increased pain, especially around the eye
  • Increased redness or increased red streaking from the infected area
  • Elevation of the floor of the mouth, difficulty swallowing, or difficulty breathing

These symptoms may be signs of a life-threatening infection. If your child has any of them, don’t delay in taking him or her to an emergency room.