Facial pain typically results from headaches or injuries and may exist anywhere on the head or face. Other causes of facial pain include dental issues, infections or nerve conditions.
Causes of Facial Pain:
Most causes of facial pain can be categorized as such below –
1. Vascular: Dealing with blood flow and pressure in the head.
2. Neuralgia: Or nerve pain.
3. Dental pain: Issues originating in the teeth.
4. Jaw pain: Pain coming from the muscles or joint in the jaw.
5. Sinus infection
6. Shingles (or herpes zoster) pain
Diagnosing the Cause:
Dr. Henriquez will discuss your medical history and ask a myriad of questions surrounding your facial pain. He may also conduct some imaging tests to further understand the issue. In some cases, he may decide to check how well the nerves are working in your face.
At Home Treatment
Minor facial pain can be treated at home in some cases. You may wish to ice the effected area a couple times per day. Tylenol or ibuprophen may help relieve pain as well. If the issue is within the sinuses, then propping up the head or taking a steamy shower or using a humidifier may help relieve sinus pressure. Further, holistic treatments like acupuncture and chiropractics may benefit.
Main Cause: Headaches
Chronic headaches are one of the main causes of facial pain. From cluster headaches to migraines, if you experience 15 or more headaches each month, then you should give us a call to see how we can help you find relief.