Do you ever experience facial swelling? If you do, you’re probably anxious to find out what may be causing it and if there are any helpful home remedies. Let’s discuss how to reduce facial swelling.
Common Causes of Facial Swelling
You should be aware that facial swelling often involves the throat and neck in addition to the actual face. There are many possible causes of facial swelling. Let’s go over some of them here. Remember that you should always have a doctor examine facial swelling.
This is especially the case when there is redness, fever, and soreness involved; you are having problems with breathing; the swelling is severe or painful, or appears very suddenly; or if the swelling continues to worsen.
If you think you have a dental abscess, you must get immediate attention from a doctor and dentist. When left too long, an abscess can be dangerous. Antibiotics and intensive dental treatments will be required to deal with the bacteria.
Medication side effects: Certain medications can cause the side effect of facial swelling. Consult with your doctor and pharmacist if you think one of your medications could be connected.
Allergic reactions of various kinds can cause facial swelling. You should be aware that if the allergic reaction is serious (anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock), it can be very dangerous, even deadly.
It is essential that you receive immediate medical attention in this sort of situation, as it might become difficult or impossible to breathe.
Some symptoms of this condition can include: slurring of speech, swelling of the throat and mouth, heartbeat irregularity and palpitations, problems swallowing or breathing, confusion or anxiety, feeling lightheaded or dizzy, wheezing or coughing, congestion (nasal), a rash or hives, facial swelling, and swelling of the limbs.
Having a sty can lead to facial swelling. Some of the symptoms of a sty include: eye tearing; a pimple or boil-like lump that is red in color on the eyelid; and pain and swelling of the eyelid. See your doctor if you think that you have a sty.
Thyroid diseases and other hormonal issues can sometimes cause facial swelling. Make sure to consult with your doctor if you think a hormonal issue might be present.
Cellulitis is a skin infection caused by bacteria. If you have cellulitis, you might experience symptoms such as dimpling of the skin; redness; blisters; inflammation and swelling; red spots; feeling of tenderness; a fever; a feeling of warmth; and pain.
If the cellulitis is very severe (for example, if your symptoms are worsening very quickly and/or you have a fever), make sure to obtain emergency care. Always make sure to see a doctor if you think that you might have cellulitis.
Conjunctivitis and other types of eye infections can cause facial swelling. Some of the symptoms of conjunctivitis (also called “pink eye”) include itchiness; tearing; redness of the eye; a sensation of grittiness in the eye; and discharge from the eye which can harden into a sticky crust while you are sleeping.
Make sure to see your doctor if you think you might have conjunctivitis or another eye infection.
The term sinusitis refers to swelling and inflammation of the sinus tissue lining. There are many possible causes of sinusitis, such as: a deviated septum; allergic rhinitis; a cold; and nasal polyps in the nose’s lining (polyps are tiny growths).
The symptoms of sinusitis can include nasal congestion; pressure or pain; and runny nose; and reduced sense of smell.
Facial injury or burn
Various kinds of facial injuries and burns can cause facial swelling.
Disorders of the salivary glands
Certain disorders of the salivary glands can cause facial swelling.
Water retention can cause swelling of any part of the body. Dehydration can cause water retention.
How To Reduce Facial Swelling With Simple Home Remedies
As we’ve already made clear, it is important to see your doctor about your facial swelling. However, it is true that there are certain home remedies you can use to help deal with the problem.
Let’s go over some of these here:
Drinking watermelon juice may help to reduce your facial swelling. To make this delicious juice, cut up some watermelon into small enough pieces that you can easily put them in a blender.
Once you have properly blended and fully strained the juice, drink it. It is generally most effective to use this remedy each morning over several days.
An anti-inflammatory substance, dandelion root is likely to help with your facial swelling. Go to your local health food store and look for a dandelion root tincture. Make sure to carefully read the instructions on the bottle with regard to dosages.
Generally, a dose of one or two teaspoons of a 1:5 root tincture tends to work well.
Make sure to keep yourself properly hydrated during the course of the day. This is important because being dehydration can actually make your body retain liquid, and this retention can cause swelling and puffiness.
If your facial swelling is especially concentrated in the eye area, try placing cucumber slices (make sure they are cool in temperature) on your eyes. You can also try cucumber slices on different parts of the face. Make sure to allow the cucumber slices to sit on the affected areas for several minutes. You will find that the cucumber helps to soothe the area and reduce inflammation.
One of the most common and effective home remedies for any type of swelling is to use a cold compress. Try holding a cold compress to the affected areas several times a day.
You might find it helpful to keep your head elevated while you sleep. This can be especially helpful for dealing with facial puffiness caused by water retention.
If your facial swelling is caused by a mild allergic reaction, apply a bit of hydrocortisone cream to the affected area. Avoid direct contact with the eye area. This cream can be purchased in pharmacies. You can also take an oral antihistamine. Make sure to see a doctor if you think that your symptoms might have been caused by an allergic reaction.
Reducing your intake of salt will help to address a water retention problem. This is because salt makes the body retain more water. You should make sure your intake of salt does not exceed a maximum of 0.5 grams daily, for at least three days. After that, continue to monitor you salt intake.
Try to increase the amount of potassium in your diet, as this will help to address any problems with water retention. As banana has a large amount of potassium, eating more of this fruit will be useful.
Raspberries, spinach, apricot, bell peppers, and several other fruits and vegetables also have a good amount of potassium.
If you feel that you might have a problem with water retention causing swelling, try drinking various kinds of herbal tea. An example of a useful tea is parsley herbal tea. You should be able to find this at your local health food store.
Eating more garlic will help to deal with water retention problems that can cause swelling. Garlic also has incredible anti-bacterial properties that will help with a mild infection while you wait to see the doctor. You should try to eat at least three cloves of raw garlic (crushed) each day.
Many people like to drink some milk after they have done this. If you would rather take garlic in capsule form, you should be able to find such capsules at your local health food store or drugstore.
If you want to try applying garlic to the specific affected area, you can crush some garlic and do so. Try to leave it on for at least a few minutes. Be careful not to leave it on for too long if you have sensitive skin.
Alternatively, you can fry garlic in coconut oil, and then, after straining the oil and allowing it to fully cool, put it on the area.
Reduce alcohol consumption
Alcohol can cause dehydration and therefore water retention. Try to reduce your consumption of this substance.
Exercise more often
Exercising more often will not only make you generally healthier but also rid the body of any excess water it might be retaining. It will also assist your immune system in functioning optimally.
Grapefruit seed extract
Look for a grapefruit extract nasal spray. Using this spray may help reduce your sinusitis symptoms, including inflammation and swelling.
Breathing in steam will help to clear congestion in your sinuses. This remedy will be even more effective if you add drops of peppermint oil or eucalyptus oil to the water. If you breathe the steam from a pot or bowl, it will be helpful to put a towel over the back of your neck and head while you lean over.
Using a humidifier can help with chronic sinus problems, and soothe congestion and swelling. Make sure to follow the instructions that come with your humidifier with regard to use and how and when to change any necessary filters.
Oregano oil is a wonderful substance for the immune system and general health, and will help to fight a mild infection while you wait to see your doctor.
Add oregano oil to tea, juice, or water each day. You can find oregano oil at any health food store. Make certain to choose one that is appropriate for internal use (ingestion), and to read the instructions on the bottle label.
Taking oregano oil as instructed will help your body fight sinus or other inflammation and minor or very mild infection.
Adding ginger root to your food or drinks can help to soothe and clear the sinuses.
Adding turmeric root to your diet will help your body more effectively deal with inflammation. Mix turmeric powder (one teaspoon) in a single cup of warm milk, and drink this before bedtime. You should do this every day for about a week. You can also mix a single tablespoon of turmeric with water (two cups).
Boil this mixture until it is reduced to about half the volume. After that, give the solution time to cool and then use a cheese cloth to properly strain it. Make sure to use this liquid to cleanse the sty and its surrounding area at least three times per day.
Apple cider vinegar
Three times each day, drink one cup of hot water with a little (just two tablespoons or so maximum) raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar mixed in. If you like, you can add a bit of honey and lemon to make the concoction taste better.
This is a good remedy for sinus congestion. You should easily find raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar in your local grocery or health food store.
Adding cayenne pepper to your food will help to clear your sinuses. Cayenne pepper is easy to find in any grocery store.
Rinse your nose with salt water each day. You can find prepared salt-water solutions in useful packaging at any pharmacy. Alternatively, you can use a Neti pot.
Omega-3 fatty acids
Foods and supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids help the body more effectively deal with inflammation. Many types of fish tend to be rich in these beneficial fatty acids. If you wish to take omega-3 fatty acids in supplement (capsule) form, you should be able to find a jar of such capsules at your local health food store or drugstore.
Avoid irritants in your diet
If you have any food sensitivities or allergies that could cause sinus problems, try to cut them out of your diet. Some of the foods that tend to aggravate the sinuses can include sugar, gluten, and dairy. Try cutting out some of these foods to determine if you might have an allergy. You should also consult with an allergist if you can.
Use an air purifier
Using a good air purifier will help to remove pollutants and allergens from the air, thus helping to prevent further irritation of the sinuses. This will also help with pink eye (conjunctivitis) if it is caused by allergies.
Using a warm compress may help with sinus inflammation. You could use a very warm washcloth. A warm compress can also be useful for dealing with a sty and/or conjunctivitis (pink eye).
Artificial tears eye drops
Look for artificial tears eye drops at your local pharmacy. If you can find one with antihistamines, you might find that some of your symptoms might improve (if any are linked to allergies). Do not choose over-the-counter red eye eyedrops, as they can actually lead to more redness after a while.
Avoid contact lenses
Do you wear contact lenses. If you do and you are experiencing pink eye (conjunctivitis), avoid wearing them for a while (until the problem has cleared up). Consult with your doctor as to the cause of your conjunctivitis, and ask if there is anything you should change about how you take care of your contact lenses.
Take bedtime showers or baths
If you think that your conjunctivitis (pink eye) is caused by allergies, taking a shower or bath before you go to bed each night might help.
Green tea might be helpful to you if a sty is causing the inflammation. Green tea is very effective in helping to reduce swelling and pain. Immerse a bag of green tea in a cup of very warm water for several minutes. Once you have done this, take the bag out and squeeze out as much moisture as you can. Then hold the tea bag to the lid of the affected eye for at least five minutes.
You should do all of this three times a day. If you cannot find green tea bags, you can use black tea instead (as long as it contains caffeine).
Aloe vera might be helpful if you have a sty causing facial inflammation, as it is an anti-inflammatory and soothing substance. It will also help with other kinds of facial skin inflammation. Take the gel from one leaf of an aloe vera plant, and gently apply it to the affected eyelid.
Once the aloe vera has been one for at least 20 minutes, use lukewarm water to cleanse it from the area. You should do this three times per day for several days.
Coriander seeds are anti-inflammatory, and might be useful in helping with facial inflammation caused by a sty. Put a single teaspoon of coriander seeds in water (one cup), and boil the mixture. Once you have done this and the liquid has cooled down, strain it. You should use this three times per day to wash the affected area.
Manuka honey has excellent anti-bacterial qualities, and will help with inflammation. This honey will also assist in the healing process. Apply Manuka honey to the problematic area, and allow it to stay on for at least a few hours. You should do this two or three times a day for several days.
Calendula has great anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, and will assist your body in the healing process. Put calendula flowers (two teaspoons) in one cup of hot water, and leave them in for at least approximately 10 minutes. Once you have done this, put an immaculately clean cloth in the liquid and put it on the area that is bothering you.
You should do this four times per day, and make sure to leave it on for at least 15 minutes.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is strongly anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal, and will help with any minor skin infection. Apply a very small amount of tea tree essential oil (two drops maximum) to the affected area, using a moist cotton swab. Try to allow it to sit on the area for at least two or three hours before you gently remove it with water.
You should do this twice per day. Another way of using tea tree oil is to mix it with raw honey or aloe vera gel (one teaspoon) and then applying that mixture to the affected area. This can also be done a couple of times daily.
Fenugreek seeds have good anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Add a couple of tablespoons of fenugreek seeds to some warm water, and let it sit for around three hours. Once you have done this, grind up the seeds with a tiny bit of water until you have reached the consistency of a paste, and then put this on the affected skin.
You should let this stay on for at least three hours before removing it.
Coconut oil is both anti-inflammatory and mildly anti-bacterial, and will help to soothe and hydrate the skin, as well as promote healing. You can put small amounts of coconut oil to the affected skin, and allow it to stay on for at least about three hours. You should do this a few times each day, for several days.
Echinacea has excellent anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, and anti-bacterial properties. Try to find an Echinacea cream or gel to apply topically to the affected skin, or an Echinacea supplement to take at your local health food store. If you have an autoimmune disorder (such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus), you should not use Echinacea.
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