It is normal to have some swelling when you have had an injury. Home
treatment can often help reduce swelling.
Sometimes swelling will make your face look misshapen. If the
misshapen appearance is caused by swelling only, your appearance will return to
normal as the swelling goes down. Home treatment measures can help reduce
A cheek or jaw that looks misshapen after a facial injury may mean
A fracture, such as a broken jaw, broken
cheekbone, or other broken facial bone.
A dislocated jaw. This can
occur when the lower jawbone (mandible) is pulled apart from one or both of the
joints connecting it to the base of the skull at the temporomandibular (TM)
Swelling is more serious when:
A lot of swelling or bruising develops rapidly,
within 30 minutes of an injury. This is more likely to mean a severe bruise, a
broken bone (fracture), or a torn muscle.
Swelling continues and
does not improve with home treatment.
Swelling and pain increase
and occur with redness, red streaking, warmth, fever, or drainage that looks
like pus. This can mean an infection has developed at or near the site of the
injury or in the
If your face looks misshapen or if you have facial swelling that does
not improve with home treatment, call your health professional for an
evaluation. Prompt medical treatment can help prevent complications.
Jan Nissl, RN, BS
Susan Van Houten, RN, BSN, MBA
Primary Medical Reviewer
William M. Green, MD - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
May 15, 2007
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 15, 2007
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