It is normal to have some swelling when you have had an
injury. Home treatment can often help reduce swelling.
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 swelling.
Internal bleeding is one of the most serious consequences of trauma. Usually, the bleeding results from obvious injuries that require rapid medical attention. Internal bleeding may also occur after a less severe trauma or be delayed by hours or days. Some internal bleeding due to trauma stops on its own. If the bleeding continues or is severe, surgery is required to correct it.
cheek or jaw that looks misshapen after a facial injury may mean you
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
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 11, 2009
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 11, 2009
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