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What causes facial swelling and headache? 7 possible conditions

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.


Migraine with Aura

Migraine is a disorder characterized by repeated attacks of severe headache. Symptoms include throbbing or pulsating pain, usually on only one side of the head, and can last between four hours and three days.

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The thyroid gland produces a hormone that controls how your cells use energy (metabolize). Hypothyroidism occurs when the body doesn't produce enough. Untreated, it can cause complications like obesity and heart disease.

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Preeclampsia is a condition in which a pregnant women has high blood pressure and protein in her urine after the 20th week of pregnancy. Abnormal swelling of the face and hands can be a sign of preeclampsia.

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Learn about sarcoidosis and its causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and potential complications.

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Underactive Pituitary Gland (Hypopituitarism)

The pituitary gland releases hormones that play roles in body processes like bone growth and metabolism. An underactive pituitary can disrupt these processes. Causes may include tumors, traumatic injuries, and diseases.

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The Truth About MSG and Chinese Restaurant Syndrome

Chinese restaurant syndrome is a group of symptoms that some people experience after eating food from a Chinese restaurant. One of the less common symptoms is swelling or pressure in the face.

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Peritonsillar Abscess

A peritonsillar abscess is usually a complication of tonsillitis or another bacterial infection. Get it treated quickly to avoid potentially serious problems.

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