my face has swollen up like a chip­munk’s!

Woman (UK) - - Health & Wellbeing -

Q One side of my face has swollen up, I look like a one-sided chip­munk! It hurts but isn’t red, and I don’t have toothache, so what could it be?

Philippa says:

a There are var­i­ous op­tions here that could be the cause of the fa­cial swelling, so please see your doc­tor and per­haps your den­tist, too. You may have an ab­scess, which can be re­lated to a den­tal prob­lem. You say you don’t have a toothache but that the swelling hurts, so this is still a pos­si­bil­ity. Other po­ten­tial di­ag­noses in­clude paroti­tis, which is an in­fec­tion of the parotid gland on the side of the face. This used to be caused by mumps, but can also be due to other vi­ral or bac­te­rial in­fec­tions. An­other pos­si­bil­ity is there is a small stone in the duct of one of the sali­vary glands caus­ing swelling in the gland.

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