Facial Swelling

Follow this chart to help distinguish various types of swelling on the face.

Our trusted Symptom Checker is written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals. Find a possible diagnosis by choosing a symptom and answering a few simple questions.

Remember, be sure to consult with you doctor if you feel you have a serious medical problem.

Step 2

Answering Questions

  • Do you have a painless, soft to firm lump on your head, face or neck?

  • Are your lips and eyes swollen and do you have a rash that looks like mosquito bites?

  • Do you have a painful pink or red bump, or a group of smaller bumps on your forehead or face?

  • Do you have red, flaky, oily areas near your scalp, in the folds of your nose, or on your cheeks?

  • Do you have painful swelling near one or both ears, and do you have fever along with pain when chewing or swallowing?

  • Do you have reddish, raised, excessive tissue that seems to be growing around the area of a scar or piercing?

Step 3

Possible Causes

  • Diagnosis

    You may have a SEBACEOUS CYST, a collection of oil under the skin. Sebaceous cysts are usually small and grow slowly.


    Self Care

    See your doctor is the cyst becomes tender or inflamed. Your doctor may suggest treating an inflamed cyst with injections. He or she may also recommend surgery to remove the cyst.


  • Diagnosis

    Your symptoms may be from an ALLERGIC REACTION or HIVES.


    Self Care

    EMERGENCY
    If you have trouble breathing, your throat becomes tight, or the swelling becomes severe, see your doctor or go to the emergency room right away.


  • Diagnosis

    You may have a skin infection such as BOILS, CARBUNCLES, orACNE. A boil is a large, pus-filled bump. Multiple boils are called carbuncles. Acne occurs when oil glands start producing more oil and block pores. Acne can result in blackheads, whiteheads and pimples.


    Self Care

    Warm compresses may help boils and carbuncles heal faster. See your doctor if you’re in pain or if the infection hasn’t healed in a couple of weeks. If you have acne, try using an over-the-counter acne medicine. See your doctor if the problem persists.


  • Diagnosis

    You may have a skin irritation caused by ACNE, ROSACEA or SEBORRHEA.


    Self Care

    See your doctor.


  • Diagnosis

    You may have the MUMPS, a contagious viral infection that affects the glands below and in front of the ears.


    Self Care

    The MMR vaccine prevents mumps. If you think you have mumps, see your doctor. Because this infection is caused by a virus, antibiotics aren’t effective. Get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids. Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines to relieve the pain. Cold compresses may also help.


  • Diagnosis

    You may have a KELOID.


    Self Care

    See your doctor.


  • Diagnosis


    Self Care

    See your doctor.